A few tips to remember if by chance you see a police officer take out the handcuffs and you’re sure they’ll be going around your wrists any second.
- Stop talking. While it’s true that your statements are generally inadmissible until the officer reads you your Miranda warning, it still doesn’t make sense to give the police any more information than necessary. Wait to talk to your criminal lawyer. Adrenaline will be pumping through your system, and many people get very “chatty” because that is their natural response to fear. Take a deep breath, remember this is the time to be quiet. Miranda are those magic words which say “anything you say can and will be used against you…”. Once you hear that phrase it’s really time to be silent and ask for your lawyer. This doesn’t mean you can’t ask a question (“can I call someone to come get my car”, “I have medicine I need in my car”, etc.), but beyond that it’s better to zip your lip.