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What are the Top 3 Things to do if Arrested

  • Should I Talk to Police?
  • What are My Rights?
  • Can an Attorney Help?
  • Are There Options?

Criminal Charges require hard work, preparation, and dedication to the fair application of the Law – John Landreth

1. Stay Silent, It's Your Right and a REALLY Good Idea

If you have been accused of a Criminal Offense and arrested, talking more rarely helps.

There is a reason Miranda Warnings are given:  The United States Supreme Court, as does anyone experienced with the Criminal Justice system in the Carolinas, understands the importance and power of inculpatory statements.

Few things impact a Jury as much as the statements of the accused against him or herself.

Long experience shows, despite the strength of any piece or collection of evidence, police ALWAYS want a confession.

Miranda WarningMany people know they have a right to silence or to “remain silent,” but they misunderstand when that right applies and what the consequences are if Miranda Warnings are not given.

Indeed, while a particular statement of the accused may be suppressed or otherwise found inadmissible as evidence, it does NOT mean a charge is automatically dismissed.

The United States Supreme Court writes:

There can be no doubt that the Fifth Amendment privilege is available outside of criminal court proceedings and serves to protect persons in all settings in which their freedom of action is curtailed in any significant way from being compelled to incriminate themselves – USSC

If you have been arrested, chances are Police believe you have done something wrong. . .or at least have come to the conclusion that Probable Cause exists to make an arrest and continue the investigation.

They have a job to do.

In many if not most instances, the process of charging and arresting someone is not personal. It is a cold, hard decision based upon the facts as known at the time and an application of the law.

Police possess a substantial amount of discretion in formulating what is often referred to as the “Arrest Decision.”

Courts and Judges review issues involving Probable Cause considering:

  • The Totality of the Evidence
  • Utilizing an Objective Standard
  • Allowing for Reasonable Inferences
  • Based upon Experience, Training and Common Sense

It is also important to understand that Probable Cause to Arrest and the subsequent decision to arrest may encompass only part of the process.

An arrest does not necessarily end the evidence gathering process. Indeed, it may only be the beginning.

While it may not seem entirely fair, police are not required to tell the truth or disclose everything they know or don't know. The law allows ‘the law' to be deceptive. While the Constitution may provide many protections, truthful statements by police is not one of them. It's entirely legal for them to lie – John Landreth

As such, if you or someone you love have been arrested, TELL POLICE YOU DO NOT WANT TO GIVE ANY FORM OF STATEMENT WITHOUT LEGAL COUNSEL PRESENT.

  • Invoke the Right to Silence and REMAIN SILENT
  • Demand Legal Counsel
  • Discontinue, Politely any Conversation or Statement
  • Remember Jail Calls may be Recorded
2. Make Social Media PRIVATE

People nowadays seem to post everything on Social Media. Law Enforcement know that.

If you feel compelled to stay active on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Google+ make certain your profiles are PRIVATE.

It is extremely common for police to review PUBLIC profiles available on different social media accounts. A picture is said to speak a thousand words. Video is all the more powerful.

While it may be funny at the time to post something, public materials on YouTube.com and Vine.com can have a powerful impact as it pertains to criminal charges.

So if you have posted video recordings of any form, it makes sense to make those PRIVATE as well.

Destroying Social Media accounts is both a bad idea and likely illegal.  The best thing to do is to immediately convert socials to PRIVATE settings and stop posting anything until speaking with Legal Counsel – John Landreth

An online study was conducted among the PoliceOne.com community in February of 2014, here's what they think:  73% believe using social media helps solve crimes faster; up six percent from 2012.

3. You Have a Right to an Attorney, Exercise that Right

As discussed previously, Miranda Warnings often include the right to silence AND the right to have an attorney present.

This is another area where the United States Supreme Court recognizes the importance of Legal Counsel.

"[The assistance of counsel] is one of the safeguards of the Sixth Amendment deemed necessary to Insure fundamental human rights of lofe and liberty... The Sixth Amendment stands as a constant admonition that, if the constitucional safeguards it provides be lost, justice will not 'still be done'"

See More: Right to Legal Counsel in State and Federal Criminal Prosecutions

After an arrest, it makes sense to consult with Legal Counsel.

Many Lawyers and Law firms (such as Powers Landreth, PLLC) provide a Confidential Consultation, Free of Charge.

Choosing an Attorney is an important decision.

You will benefit from spending the same amount of time, thought, and consideration as you would in finding a good doctor or surgeon.

Here are some suggestions in Finding the Right Attorney for You:

  • Ask Questions
  • Figure Out if the Lawyer is a Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Determine Length in Practice and Experience in Trial
  • Feel Comfortable with the Lawyers “Bedside Manner”
  • Figure out if the Attorney is a Leader in the Profession
  • Is Criminal Defense a focus of the practice or something handled occasionally?

See More: Gideon v. Wainwright United States Supreme Court Right to Counsel

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We encourage you to Check Us Out.

Review our website.

Take a look at our attorney profiles.

Investigate our awards, accolades, experience, and professional associations.

The lawyers at Powers Landreth, PLLC are experienced courtroom lawyers.

We believe hard work and preparation make for good decisions.

Before proceeding in any fashion, whether it is our firm or another, we recommend you speak with and retain legal counsel without delay.

Where do You Practice?

The Powers Landreth Law Firm helps people in the Carolinas. That means we help people in both North Carolina and South Carolina.

We have offices in Charlotte and Rock Hill.

Attorney John Landreth is licensed in the State of South Carolina. He helps people with cases involving Serious Felonies and DUI Impaired Driving Cases such as:

  • Felony Charges
    • Felony Assault
    • Weapons Offenses
    • Assault on Government Official
    • Felony Larceny
    • Crimes Against Persons
    • Embezzlement and Larceny by Employee
    • Drug Offenses
  • Misdemeanor Charges
    • DUI
    • Driving Under the Influence
    • Assault
    • Drug Offenses

jail cellSo if you or a loved one has a Criminal, Traffic, DWI, DUI or Impaired Driving matter in either of the Carolinas, we are available for consultation.

The attorneys at Powers Landreth are willing to take on difficult charges. We will travel, when appropriate to different jurisdictions to help people.

Obviously it makes sense to figure out what type of case is pending and whether we think we could be of assistance.

For Criminal Charges in both South Carolina and North Carolina, we offer a Confidential Consultation, Free of Charge.

How to Help Someone in Jail

If a friend or loved one is in jail, it's not unusual to have a lot of questions.

Here are a list of reference sources to get more information. Please understand, on-line Jail records often are not immediately posted.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Inmate Search: Click Here

Rock Hill York County Detention Center Inmate Information: Click Here

A fundamental concern from the beginning of legal representation is to determine:  Can We Help Get Someone Out of Jail – John Landreth

As you might imagine, having a client remain in Jail or Detention makes the process of representation and therefore the handling of any Criminal case incrementally more difficult.

In some instances, the conditions of release are so onerous as to make posting a Bond or Bail a practical impossibility.

Other cases, with proper preparation and presentation of historical background, criminal history, and personal information, present the opportunity for a Bond Hearing or other Court Appearance to address Bond.

Frankly, it can be a complicated process.

While we generally prefer immediate release, that may not be a realistic option.

There are times when we recommend friends and family hold-off posting a bond, knowing the Conditions of Release may be modified, thus saving potentially substantial sums of money.

A lot depends on the type of charges and prior criminal record.

Conditions of Release and Bond are a hot-topic issue across many jurisdictions as of late.

See More: WILL ATTORNEY COME TO JAIL?

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