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Just Arrested? What You Need to Know Right Now

Posted Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by Lizanne Padula.

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If you have been arrested or you are about to be contacted by law enforcement as the subject of an investigation, the most important thing you need to know right now is:

You have the right to remain silent.

Anytime you are being questioned by the police, you have the right to remain silent. Understand that law enforcement will use any trick they can to obtain evidence against you. Do not make their job easier by giving them information that may bolster the state’s case against you and/or weaken your defense.

Politely but firmly indicate your desire to remain silent and to contact an attorney. We answer our phones 24/7―call us anytime at 425-883-3366.

Another important thing you need to know right now:

You do not have to agree to a search.

There are situations where law enforcement may legally search you or your property without a search warrant; however, if a law enforcement officer asks permission to conduct a search, do not give your consent to search your person, your home, or your car. Make law enforcement obtain a warrant.

After an arrest, it is important that you:

Write out everything you can remember about your arrest.

As soon as possible after arrest, take the time to sit down and write out everything you can remember about the arrest and investigation. If you recall more details later, go back and add them to your account.

Here’s the deal: criminal cases are often won or lost on details. For example, the right detail about the events leading up to an arrest may be crucial to the case, may even lead to the case being dismissed. We want every detail you can recall, even if it seems trivial to you – it may very well be the fact that gets your criminal charges dropped.

Hire An Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney

The success of your criminal defense in large part hinges on how you deal with the investigation in the aftermath of being arrested and how you prepare to fight the prosecution. A smart, well-planned defense aimed at dismantling the Prosecution’s case against you is critical to obtaining the best possible outcome in your case.

If you have been arrested for DUI, Domestic Violence, or any other crime in the Seattle Washington area, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to advocate for your rights and help you avoid harsh penalties.

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If you’ve been arrested and are facing criminal charges, the fierce criminal defense attorneys of Padula & Associates, LLC are ready to defend you against aggressive prosecution.

When people contact us, often they are scared. They have just been arrested or they have been notified of criminal charges filed against them. Most of our clients are going through something they have never gone through before. They need a guide, they need us to be available when we are needed. That’s why we answer our phone 24/7.

Call us 24/7 at 425-883-3366 or contact us here to schedule a free case consultation today.

We invite you to read about our demonstrated results here, and learn more about founding attorney, Lizanne Padula here.

Padula & Associates, LLC handles State and Federal criminal cases throughout Washington State, including King, Snohomish, Pierce, and Lewis Counties. Our firm’s experience is extensive and our success is frequent.