According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, in 2020 there were 507,498 arrests made throughout the state, leading to tens of thousands of criminal cases hitting Florida courts. Of those, 99,161 occurred in Miami-Dade County.
While no one expects to run afoul of the law, being in the wrong place at the wrong time, misidentified, having false claims made against them, and more, can all result in the unthinkable: being arrested and charged with a crime.
According to Miami based criminal defense attorney Chad Piotrowski, “It can happen to anyone, regardless of their innocence. Fact is, law enforcement and district attorneys don’t’ always get it right.”
With this in mind, Chad Piotrowski believes that it is in every Miami area resident’s best interest to be prepared for the ‘just in case’, educating themselves about what they should do, and not do, when arrested or accused of committing a crime. These individuals are also encouraged to visit the Piotrowski Law Blog for valuable information about their rights, Miami laws, criminal defense and more.
What to Do When Arrested
1. Do What Law Enforcement Says
Pay careful attention to any instructions given by the arresting officer(s) and follow them. Common requestions may include asking for full name, identification (such as a driver’s license or state-issued ID), age, date of birth, reason for being in the area and so on. Piotrowski advises that questions asked should be answered in as few words as possible without divulging any information not expressly asked for.
2. Remain Calm and Collected
Being arrested or accused of a crime is an understandably stressful situation. It is also one where remaining calm and collected is an absolute must. Regardless of innocence, now is not the time to panic. Becoming argumentative, defensive or aggressive will only hurt the individual’s case when they have their day in court.
3. Seeking Out Experienced Legal Representation
The right legal counsel can mean the difference between a guilty conviction and a criminal record that follows them for life, and being found rightfully innocent of a crime they never committed. Every Florida resident has the right to obtain legal counsel, and it is advisable that this be done as soon as possible.
What Not to Do When Arrested
1. Never Resist Law Enforcement
Law enforcement has a job to do. Even if they are wrong, running, feeling or physically resisting can put an individual at risk of injury (or worse). Similarly, doing so can be a sign of guilt, and can lead to additional charges such as assault, resisting arrest, battery of an officer or obstruction of justice. None of which will help their situation or case in court.
2. Never Talk to Police Without an Attorney Present
Law enforcement is trained to coax information out of suspects. Piotrowski reminds Miami residents that their right to remain silent is protected under the 5th Amendment and that it should be exercised. Apart from identifying one’s self, no further information should be offered, no matter how seemingly innocent, until the accused has their attorney present.
About Piotrowski Law
Conveniently located in downtown Miami, Florida, Piotrowski Law is led by renowned criminal defense attorney and founder Chad Piotrowski.
A former Assistant State Attorney for Miami-Dade County, Chad Piotrowski has leveraged his insider expertise, and knowledge of local processes, along with his connections to establish and grow a respected law firm with a track record of vigorous client representation, advocacy and results.
Those who fear or have been arrested or charged with a crime are encouraged to reach out to Piotrowski Law by calling 305-783-3436 or reaching out via their official website for a no-cost initial consultation.
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