What Should I Do If I Am Arrested?
By Zachary Mushkatel on October 10, 2013
If you are arrested on suspicion of any crime in Arizona, you have certain legal rights – but it is your responsibility to protect many of those rights. Knowing what your rights are and how you should act to protect them can help you navigate the criminal justice system, work effectively with your experienced Arizona criminal defense attorney, and secure the best possible outcome in your case.
Being under arrest means you are not free to leave a scene or walk away from police. You do not have to give any information or answer any questions except you must provide your name and address if requested.
Before a law enforcement officer questions you while under arrest, he or she should tell you that you have certain rights, called your Miranda Rights.
Miranda Rights Include:
- The right to remain silent,
- The fact that anything you say can be used against you in court,
- The right to have a lawyer present when you are questioned,
- The right to have a lawyer appointed for you if you cannot afford one.
After reading you these rights, the officer may ask, “With these rights in mind, do you still wish to talk to me?” Inform the officer that you want an attorney and that you are choosing to exercise your right to remain silent. Then, say nothing.
After you are arrested, contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Your attorney can give you specific advice on how best to protect your rights in your specific situation. With your permission, your attorney can also inform your family and friends about your location and how to post bail, if bail is set in your case.
To learn more about your rights and how to protect the wellbeing of your family if you have been arrested, call the law firm of Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC, at (623) 889-0691. The information you gain through a free consultation can help you protect your rights at every step of your case.
Zachary Mushkatel is an Arizona native who earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona in 2001 and his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2004. After serving as a public defender, he entered into private practice and, ultimately, joined forces with Mathis Becker to form the law firm known today as Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC. In addition to criminal law, Mushkatel practices civil litigation, with a focus on estate litigation and personal injury cases. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce and Sun Valley Lodge, and he is an executive officer and member of the Board of Directors for the West Maricopa County Bar Association.