Dealing With Police

Before criminal defense attorneys arrive to help, your actions can make a difference

While criminal defense attorneys in Wrentham are essential in helping to defend you after an arrest, you are typically on your own when dealing with police during a traffic stop or any time prior to an arrest. Handling the situation properly before you have a criminal defense lawyer representing you can make a significant difference to your case.

Dealing with police prior to an arrest

Miranda rights do not apply until you are placed under arrest. But the wrong action before retaining a Wrentham criminal defense attorney can work against you in many ways. The following guidelines can help you when talking to police prior to an arrest:

  • Do not run from police. The quickest way to appear guilty is to run. Once they catch you, police assume guilt and make the entire process significantly more difficult for you.
  • Be respectful. Always speak with a respectful tone, and give every appearance of cooperation.
  • Keep a negative attitude in check. Even if you are frequently and unjustifiably stopped by police, do not allow your feelings to surface in your words, your tone, or even your physical demeanor.
  • Provide minimal information. You can certainly identify who you are and provide a license during a traffic stop. But try to keep your answers to direct questions as vague as possible-and certainly do not volunteer any information that was not requested.
  • Keep your hands to yourself. Never make physical contact with a police officer. The most innocent touch can lead to severe defensive action against you.

Know your rights

Police have a great deal of leeway when dealing with suspects prior to arrest. It is not unusual for them to try to intimidate you or even misrepresent information they may or may not have against you in an effort to have you admit to a crime. Until you have a criminal law attorney in Wrentham to help, you need to protect your own legal rights. The following are common issues that can arise:

  • Searches. Unless evidence is in plain sight, police do not have the right to conduct a search of your person, your vehicle, or your home without a search warrant-unless you give them permission. Refusal to permit a warrantless search does not harm your case. Do not help police to find potential evidence against you.
  • Entry into your home. Again, without a warrant, police do not have the right to enter your home without your permission. This is not the time to worry about appearances-if they want to talk, do so outside your home.
  • Detention. Although police have the right to ask questions, they do not have the right to detain you without evidence. When the police do not appear to have additional new business, ask them if you are free to go.

Contact John E. DeVito, Esq. today

If you have been charged with a crime, you need a qualified criminal defense lawyer in the Wrentham area working on your behalf. Mr. DeVito represents clients in Boston, Dedham, Wrentham, Stoughton, Quincy, Waltham, Woburn, Newton, Framingham, Natick and other cities in Middlesex & Norfolk County, MA. For immediate assistance, contact John E. DeVito, Esq. at 508-517-1800 today.