Whether you are arrested in Madison County, Mississippi, Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi, or any where in the State of Mississippi, these practical points apply. No two people are going to act the same when approached by the police or placed under arrest. Being arrested is a frightening experience. If you do get arrested follow this advice.
One of the most important things to do is don’t run. Whether you are on foot or in a car, running from the police gets the police extremely angry. They may then take that anger out on you. Running can also lead to additional charges. If you believe you are about to be arrested be polite to the officer, but you do not have to discuss your case with the officer. Proclaiming your innocence is usually a waste of time. We recommend you exercise your right to remain silent and speak with an attorney before you make a decison on whether or not you should make a statement. The police have the City Attorney, City Prosecutor, County Attorney ,and District Attorney available to give them advice. Why should’t you get some advice from an attorney if you are arrested.
If you are arrested be polite during the booking process. Jailers will have power over you once you go into the jail. If you are rude to them then you may go to the worst part of the jail or it may be days before you get access to a phone. While you are in jail detectives may come to see you. Again, as a person arrested and accused of a crime, you have the right not to make any statement until after you speak with a lawyer. You can waive that right if you wish. I can say this much: When police officers have come to see me for advice and they have been charged with wrongdoing, they typically exercise every right they know about. Isn’t it better to exercise your right to remain silent until after you speak with an attorney?
If you are in jail be cautious of the professional jail house snitch. This is the person who is in and out of jail and attempts to curry favor with law enforcement by saying he has important information about another inmate. The legal system looks with caution and distrust on jail house snitches, but people have been convicted over and over based on the testimony of a jail house snitch.
Getting arrested or charged with a crime can turn out to be one of the most difficult times in a person’s life. A conviction can lead to prison, loss of voting rights, loss of the right to have a professional license, and the loss of many other benefits. Defending someone charged with a crime is serious business. You should alwaysseek out an experience criminal defense attorney. In the world of mass media it is easy for someone to make a boastful claim. It is another to have experience.
Merrida Coxwell is an experienced criminal defense attorney whose office is in Madison County and Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi. Merrida has handled cases throughout Mississippi and helped people in Chicago, Memphis, Alabama, Texas, and Florida. He has been involved in defending some of the largest criminal charges in Mississippi.
Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.