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Posted on April 11, 2012 by Robert D. Butler

What to do if you are arrested and taken to the police station

You have the right to remain silent and to talk to a lawyer before you talk to the police. Tell the police nothing except your name and address. Don’t give any explanations, excuses or stories. You can make your defense later, in court, based on what you or your lawyer decide is best.

Ask to see a lawyer immediately. If you can’t afford a lawyer you have a right to a free one, and should ask the police how the lawyer can be contacted. DON’T SAY ANYTHING WITHOUT A LAWYER.

Within a reasonable time after your arrest, or booking, you have the right to make a local phone call to a lawyer, bail bondsman, a relative or any other person. The police may not listen to the call to the lawyer.

Do not make any decisions in your case until you have talked to a lawyer.

Information provided by the ACLU

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