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Just Got Arrested in Broward, Now What?

Just Got Arrested in Broward, Now What?

First – don’t panic. An arrest is not a conviction. One of the most important things you can do after you’ve been arrested is to stop talking. Do not talk to the police. Do not offer to give a statement. For any reason.

The police will likely pressure you and say you are not cooperating, or if you start to work with them, the prosecutor will take it easy on you. If you have seen the Netflix documentary ‘Making a Murderer,’ you might recall the tactics the police used to wrest a confession out of 16-year-old Brendan Dassey. The police are allowed to lie to you in order to get you to talk. You might feel bad, or like you are being disrespectful, but you are fully within your rights to not speak to the police. The only thing you should say is ‘I want a lawyer.’ Once you assert your right to an attorney, the police cannot question you without a lawyer present. Do not let the police frighten you into speaking, with promises of leniency or threats that you’re making it harder on yourself. Request a lawyer, and say nothing else. You might be tempted to speak openly with the people in there with you. That is fine – but do not, under any circumstances, tell them about the events leading to your arrest, what you have been arrested for, or anything to do with your case. The people sharing the cell with you are all potential witnesses. The state can subpoena them all to testify against you in the future. Need a bail bond in Broward Country? Call us now


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