What NOT to Do if You’ve Been Arrested in Florida

If you’ve been arrested for an alleged crime in Florida, there are certain things you should not do.  Below is a list.

  • Do not offer information to the police.
    You have the right to remain silent when arrested in Florida and this is something you should take advantage of.  No matter what tactics the law enforcement officials use, do not reveal any details to them or try to convince them of your innocence.  Do not provide them with any information other than your name and address unless your attorney is present and approves.
  • Do not run.
    This should come as a given, but if you try to escape an arrest, there will be additional charges.  This also could cause the police officer to suspect you are hiding something and may give reason to think you have a weapon.
  • Do not resist arrest.
    One of the most important things to refrain from is initiating any type of physical contact with a police officer in any manner.  Listen to the police officer’s instructions and do as they say. A minor misdemeanor could quickly turn into a FELONY charge if you act aggressively with a police officer.
  • Do not get into an argument.
    No matter how hard a police officer may try to cause you to lose your temper, do not talk back to them or say anything that could escalate the situation. It is very important to remain calm and stay in control of your temper.
  • Do not keep your hands hidden.
    You should always keep your hands visible to police officers from the moment they initiate contact with you.  If they have any indication that you could be concealing a weapon or reaching for one, they will pull their weapons out.
  • Do not assume that the police have a search warrant.
    If the cops attempt to enter your home, even if they say they have a search warrant, do not assume this is true. You are entitled to see the warrant.  Request to see the warrant.  If law enforcement will not allow you to see if and cannot produce a copy of it for you, clearly state to the police that they cannot enter your home.  You can say: “You need a search warrant to enter my home,” or “No, you may not come in at this time,” until they have provided the appropriate documentation and you have spoken to your attorney.

    If you have questions as to what your rights are during or following an arrest, contact Shiobhan Olivero at Olivero Law, P.A.  It is important that you seek the help of a qualified Florida criminal law attorney who can help fight your case.

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