What should I do if I’m arrested?
If you are arrested in California, any statement you make to the police will be used as evidence against you. Do not make a statement of any kind to law enforcement. Ask to speak with an attorney immediately. Do not give up your right to remain silent without a thorough consultation with an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
The first court appearance, or arraignment, is when a defendant is advised of the charges against him or her. At this point you can enter in a “Not Guilty” plea and the case begins.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO KNOW IF CONTACTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT:
Here is what to do if your are contacted by law enforcement:
- In public: “I would like to go about my business. If I am free to leave, I request to do so.”
- If you are told that you have the right to an attorney before questioning: “I do not wish to appear uncooperative but I refuse to answer any questions without my attorney present. My law firm is the Law Office of Alison Triessl at (818) 990-2033.”
- If you are asked for consent to search: “I do not consent to any searches of my person, property or vehicle.”
- If you are asked for entrance into your home: “You do not have permission to come into my home.”
- If you are over 21 and are stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs: “I will not take any field sobriety tests and I will not take the PAS test (the preliminary alcohol screening test).”
- If you are under 21 and are stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs: “I will not take any field sobriety tests.” You are not permitted to refuse the PAS test.
- If you arrested for DUI: The officer must give you the option to take either a breath or blood test. A urine test may be among the test choices if the officer suspects that you are under the influence of a controlled substance. You must submit to one of these tests: you do not have the right to an attorney when making this choice or at any time before or during the test