Florida is one of the toughest states to be charged with a crime. While being arrested and charged with a criminal offense can be stressful, it is important that you do your best to remain calm and understand that your case begins the moment law enforcement pulls you over or knocks at your door to execute an arrest.
What you do or say while you are on the police’s radar can greatly impact the outcome of your case. Here are two serious mistakes you want to steer clear of when under a criminal investigation.
Talking too much
Whether it is a traffic stop or a raid in your home or workplace, the police will often ask questions. While questions regarding identity and personal information are basic and procedural, others like whether you have been drinking before hitting the road can be incriminating. If the police ask incriminating questions, politely remind them that you’d rather invoke your Miranda Rights.
Still on talking to the police, it’s not uncommon for some people to think they can talk themselves out of trouble. However, do keep in mind that your words can, and will, be used against you in court.
Resisting an arrest
Being arrested is never cool. Sometimes, it might be tempting to fight back, especially if you feel the police are violating your rights. Some people even try to flee the police or resist a breathalyzer test. It is important to understand that these actions will only compound your troubles. If you feel as though the police are violating your rights, then be sure to raise the issue with your legal counsel.
Facing a criminal charge is a big deal. However, knowing your legal options can help you safeguard your rights and interests during those challenging times.