In today’s blog post, the team at ASAP Bail Bonds will give you the best way to get out of jail: Never get sent to jail in the first place. While our bail bonds can reliably get you or a loved one out of jail under most circumstances, the best advice you can get about jail is to never make it there. One of the best ways to stay out of jail is to know your rights.
Don’t Incriminate Yourself
9 times out of 10 the police do not want to arrest you. You can almost always walk away from a traffic stop or interaction with the police if you conduct yourself in a legal, intelligent way. However, if you incriminate yourself by acting against your own best interests, then they will be left with little choice but to book you. Knowing your rights can keep you out of jail, so read on to learn more.
Your Rights Under the Law
No matter who you are, why you are in Adams County, and what the police may or may not be accusing you of or questioning you for, you have access to the following rights without exception:
- You have the right to remain silent; speaking to invoke this right by stating that you would like to remain silent doesn’t breach this, and the police cannot force you to speak.
- You have the right to refuse search of yourself, your car, and your home until such a time as a court-issued search warrant is provided. Police can ask to search these things, but they cannot forcefully do so or legally ignore your refusal.
- You have the right to calmly leave until such a time as you are placed under arrest.
- You have the right to a lawyer (attorney) whether or not you are arrested; if arrested, you can (and probably should) request a lawyer immediately.
Since you have the right to an attorney, you can invoke your right to remain silent and seek their legal counsel before you address the police again. This cannot be used against you as evidence of guilt and holds nothing against you in a court of law – it is simply your right.
Using Your Rights
It is important that you understand these basic rights as they are available to every person in the United States, not just citizens. If you are stopped by the police, for any reason, you have the right to ask if you are free to leave or not. In the event of a traffic stop or questioning, it is always advised you remain calm and keep your hands in plain sight. Otherwise, you are free to calmly state that you are aware of your rights and exercise them as listed above. Your rights do not, however, permit you to walk away if you assume you are not under arrest or become irate, threatening, or forceful with the police in any way; consider what is not said in your rights as equally important to the things that are included – do not act outside of your rights, or you risk arrest on those grounds alone.