THINGS TO REMEMBER AFTER AN ARREST
Remember: Your Miranda Rights
Being arrested can cause a lot of emotional stress. Whatever you may be feeling or thinking, there is one thing that is extremely vital. After an arrest, don’t say a word about anything regarding your case to anyone, unless it is your Houston criminal defense attorney.
When you were arrested, the officer making the arrest should have “read you your rights,” including telling you that “anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.” This means that, if you say anything without the counsel of your lawyer, your words could very well be used to your disadvantage you by your prosecutor at your hearing. Be sure to keep silent until you have a criminal defense attorney to advise you.
Remember: Understanding Who Can Make An Arrest
There are two different situations for arrest. The first is an arrest for a misdemeanor, which is classified as a “lesser” offense that usually results in a fine or short jail sentence. In such a case, any police officer, private security guard, or other such law keeper has the authority to arrest a person if the misdemeanor is committed in their presence. No assumptions can be made; they must have actually witnessed the person commit the crime. This is different than cases where a person is arrested for a felony.
A felony is more serious, generally defined as a crime punishable by more than one year in prison. For a felony, a person can be arrested whether or not the officer actually witnessed the offender commit the felony. If the person making the arrest is a security officer or something similar, they must make the arrest and then hand the offender over to an officer or judge who has the lawful authority to take them into custody.
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