Going through an arrest is a terrifying experience. Often, the process happens so quickly and catches you so off guard that you may not fully realize what is happening.
Between getting into a police car and getting to the station, you may start racking your brain trying to recall what you know about criminal procedure.
Here’s what you should know about whom you can contact and what to say (or not say) before you do.
Can I get a phone call?
After your arrest, you may be nervous about what you can ask for and when you should be silent. You may need to speak up for yourself to get your phone call.
In Ohio, you have a right to a phone call, and you are not limited to only one if you need to make more calls to contact someone. While it is critical to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible, your phone call can be to anyone, including your parents.
When you are making calls, you should also consider someone who can contact people on your behalf. Parents or other trusted friends can help you reach out to a legal professional to help you with your case.
Watching what you say
There are rules about recording phone calls and conversations when you talk to an attorney, but that may not apply when talking to your family or friends on the phone.
When you make your phone calls, avoid talking about the details of your case. Even if your call is not recorded, it can be challenging to know who is listening to your call and what they might do with the information.
Dealing with an arrest can be a nerve-wracking experience. It is essential to use your access to the phone to contact someone who can help you through this difficult time.