Avoid These 5 Mistakes If You’ve Been Arrested in Kansas City

There may come a time when you find yourself in the position of being arrested for some type of criminal offense such as driving under the influence (DUI) or drug possession in Kansas City. Hopefully you will never actually find yourself here, but if you do, here are the 5 mistakes not to to make if you’ve been arrested.

1) Say too much. The right to remain silent is possibly one of the most well known in the Constitution, but is rarely invoked when it is actually called for. Remember, however, first and foremost that it is your right to remain silent and you should use it. Any information that you provide to the police or the prosecutor’s office can and definitely will be used against you, and not even in a court of law. Invoking your constitutional right to remain silent can feel difficult in the moment, but it is vitally important.

2) Wait to reach out to an attorney. The next best favor you can do for yourself upon being arrested behind using your right to remain silent is to get in touch with an attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys at the Starosta Law Firm understand how crucial it is for defendants to have experienced and competent counsel as soon as possible to ensure that their rights are preserved and that they are able to put the best defense forward from the very start. Waiting until you have bonded out or later may jeopardize your case from the start. Interviews with police and bail hearings can be minefields for defendants without representation and the missteps at these parts of the process can be difficult to overcome later.

3) Underestimate the severity of the situation. Even traffic tickets have the potential to be ruinous and should be taken seriously. Any brush with law enforcement should be treated as something worthy of time and attention, especially if the consequences include license revocation or jail time. It is no laughing matter to the police and the prosecutor nor should it be to you either.

4) Fail to document what happened in your own words. The police have their dash cameras, meticulous records, and in some cases, third party video. You, however, have a similarly valuable resource: your memory. As best as you can and as soon as you can after the incident, write down everything that you can remember about the incident, including times, dates, names, locations, and the conduct of the police. Of course, keep this only for your attorney and do not share it with anyone else.

5) Not staying under the radar afterwards. Social media has been a huge boon to law enforcement and prosecutors because people are eager to share pictures and information with little thought as to context, privacy, and propriety. Do not assume that the prosecutor will not look you up on Facebook or Twitter to find pictures of you prior to the incident and then use those pictures as evidence against you. Be cautious and conservative with what you post and consider making your profiles private to prevent prying eyes.

If you do find yourself arrested for DUI, drug charges, or even facing a particularly nasty traffic ticket, the first step is the same: contact The Starosta Law Firm as soon as possible so that we can evaluate your case, advise you of your options, and help you put forward the best defense possible. Visit our website here to see how we can help.

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