ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

If You Are Arrested, Do You Know What to Do?

Updated on March 21, 2017

Steps to take if Arrested

It is very important that each individual knows which steps to take in the event of an arrest. If you are arrested, it is vital that you take the proper steps to protect your rights and best interests. Most people have never been arrested, and it can be a very frightening and confusing situation. However, the steps below will keep you protected until you have a chance to speak with your lawyer:

  • Remain Silent
  • Refuse Consent to a Search
  • Walk Away if You are not Under Arrest
  • Request A Lawyer

Remain Silent:
In the event of an arrest, remain silent. If the officer requests your identification or other legal documentation (proof of insurance), provide that to them. If the officer asks any further questions, inform them that you would like your lawyer present before answering any questions. Silence could prevent you from compromising the defense of your case.

Refuse Consent to a Search:
If the arresting officer requests to search your vehicle or residence, refuse. If you decline consent to a search, the officer will need a valid warrant to obtain a right to search. After refusing consent to a search, inform the officer that you would like to speak with your lawyer before answering any additional questions.

Walk Away if You are not Under Arrest:
Often times, the arresting officer may "detain" individuals suspected of committing a crime. If you have been detained, simply ask the officer "am I under arrest or am I free to leave?" At this point, they will inform you of whether you are being arrested or whether you are allowed to leave. If the officer informs you that you are not under arrest, walk away from the situation immediately.

Request a Lawyer:
If you or a loved one have been arrested, for any reason, it is imperative that you contact a criminal defense lawyer in your area as quickly as possible. They can begin building a solid defense plan for your case that will help you to achieve your desired outcome. It is your right to have a lawyer present for any questioning by law enforcement. For this reason and others, contact a defense attorney as quickly as possible if you have been arrested.

Following the steps listed above will protect your rights in the event of an arrest. If you have any further questions, contact a local criminal defense attorney. They can answer your questions and help you develop a strategic defense plan that is specific to the details of your case.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)