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After an Arrest, Should I Tell the Police My Side of the Story?


At Law Offices of Daniel A. Hochheiser, we understand that nothing is more frightening than the time following an arrest. Most of our clients never expected that they would find themselves in trouble with the law, but the unfortunate truth is that it could happen to anyone. For this reason, we encourage you to keep a few simple tips in mind if you, yourself ever have a run-in with the law. The way that you conduct yourself after an arrest could have a significant impact on the future of your case, so it is imperative that you understand the do's and don'ts of handling a police encounter.

First and foremost, it is recommended that you invoke your right to remain silent. The police may attempt to coax you into giving a statement or "setting the record straight" by telling your side of the story, but you must realize that they are not on your side. They have been trained to secure a confession by any means possible—even if that means that they must lie to you. For this reason, you should be wary of saying anything that could be misconstrued as self-incrimination. Rather, you should decline to answer any questions until you have had the opportunity to consult a lawyer.

The police may tell you that they can't help you once you have retained the help of an attorney, but the truth of the matter is that they were never interested in helping you in the first place. The only person who you should trust after an arrest is your lawyer, as they will be the only one looking out for your best interests. That being said, you shouldn't waste any time in reaching out to the experienced legal team at Law Offices of Daniel A. Hochheiser after you have been charged with a crime. With more than 60 years of experience, we know how to effectively manage the aftermath of an arrest.

Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense in the state of New York, you could be up against some stiff legal penalties. For this reason, taking action quickly should be your top priority. Fortunately, getting started is as easy as contacting our office for a free initial consultation. When you call at (800) 813-9069, you can trust that our firm will be available 24/7 to discuss your case. If you would prefer to contact us online, you can also submit a free case evaluation form directly from our website. Time is of the essence when facing criminal charges, so take the first step today.

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