No one wants to go through the process of being arrested, but if it happens there are some things you can do to minimize the situation from getting any worse. Unfortunately, far too many arrests escalate for no reason at all. This frustrating situation can land you in much greater hot water than you expected and can make the officer less likely to want to cooperate with you. For this reason, you should be prepared for what to do if you have been arrested.
Arrests happen every day across Florida for a number of different reasons. First of all, you need to know the difference between a detention and an arrest. A police officer can stop you and ask you to identify yourself and explain why you are at a particular place at a particular time without arresting you. However, under laws in Florida, the officer cannot remove you from this immediate vicinity without making an arrest, unless you voluntarily gave your consent to go to some other location.
After you have been arrested, the officer will take you to the police station and you will be advised more formally about the charges against you. You might be requested to participate in a lin up or be photographed and fingerprinted.
When you have been arrested, you have a right to know the crimes that you are being charged with, to know the identity of the police officers working with you and to communicate over the phone with a member of your family, friends, a bonds person or an attorney as soon as possible.
The police might try to encourage you to talk or to share information with them about the alleged crime. Although this might be presented as a way to avoid further problems, this is what the police are trained to do in order to get as much information from you as possible.
Remember that you always retain the right to an attorney and it is strongly recommended that you consult with an attorney sooner rather than later. Consulting with a lawyer can help you avoid many of the most common missteps in criminally charged cases.