Being arrested for a drug crime can be one of the scariest experiences anyone can go through. Time and time again we have seen legal dramas on television and heart horror stories in the news about what happens to people who are arrested and charged with drug crimes. Whether it’s a small recreational amount of an illegal substance or the charge has to do with trafficking and conspiracy instead, no doubt you are thinking of all the worst-case scenarios as you are taken in by the police. However, this is not the time to get caught up in emotions or fears.
As with any arrest, this is the beginning of a complicated process where you theoretically be free or in prison at the end. The key to getting through this ordeal with the best possible chance of freedom is to handle your arrest correctly and know when to call your lawyer. Here’s how to handle getting arrested for a drug crime in a way that won’t damage your chances of freedom.
The very first thing to remember is not to panic. Whether you are intoxicated, carrying an illegal substance, or involved in something you think is probably a drug crime, panicking is always the wrong answer. Your best chance of a positive outcome is to be as calm and reasonable as possible.
Whatever you do, do not let your ‘fight or flight’ response kick in. Both are a mistake and will make you seem more dangerous and erratic when the issue comes up in court. Instead, pull over if you’re being pulled over and take a few deep breaths. It’s okay to be scared as long as you don’t panic.
Cooperate with the Police
Most people arrested for drug crimes are not big-time criminals. You probably don’t roll with real criminals, keep a handgun in the glove compartment, or plan to bite a police officer today. But the police are prepared for this. Remember that they deal with hardcore criminals and out-of-control junkies on a regular basis and will use force if necessary. Don’t give them a reason and don’t try to argue about the charge.
The police are going to arrest you, charge you, and take you to jail where the legal process will begin. Your best bet is to cooperate with anything the police officers ask of you other than answering questions. Pull over calmly and allow yourself to be arrested. Don’t try to talk your way out of it and don’t let the police rile you up if that seems to be their intent. Remain as polite and calm as possible.
Choose Your Words Carefully
When speaking to the police, do so very carefully. Do not chat, answer questions, or try to explain yourself. Remember that “Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law”. What this means is that whatever you say to the police will reappear in your court case and you don’t want to enter information in an uncontrolled way.
The only answer you should give the police should be your personal identification. If they ask, give your name and home address, and other basic information they could already read off your driver’s license and public records. Their questions may just be to test if you will lie. However, if they ask you anything else from where you were going to your favorite TV show, politely state that you will be waiting for your lawyer before discussing anything with them.
Call a St. Paul Drug Crimes Lawyer
When they give you a chance, call an experienced drug crimes lawyer to assist you with the ins and outs of surviving the legal process. If you don’t have a number on-hand, call your family and ask them to make the arrangements. Your lawyer is a vital part of your defense and can keep you safe from entrapment or accidentally backing yourself into a corner. Remember that being arrested is not the same as being convicted. The police may not have enough evidence, may have arrested you without ample cause, or you may be able to significantly reduce a guaranteed conviction by following your lawyer’s advice.
Finally, don’t say anything until your lawyer arrives. They will sit with you while the police ask questions and will help you give the best answers for your own defense. If you’d like more information on where to find a St Paul Drug Crimes lawyer or what we can do for you, contact us today or call 651-451-6411.