While you may not always know ahead of time if you will encounter a situation that may lead to your arrest, occasionally there are circumstances that one can predict the outcome. For example, individuals who intentionally engage in illegal acts such as vandalism or civil disobedience during recent protests across the country may be subject to arrest upon the scene. Here, criminal defense attorney Rahul Balaram discusses how to prepare if you believe you’ll be arrested.
Personal Property and Identification
In most circumstances, you will need to be prepared to provide personal information such as your name, address, birthdate, social security number, and other details. Either at the time or arrest or once you arrive at the police station, you may be asked to provide one or more forms of personal identification. Keep at least one form of photo identification on you, whether that is a driver’s license, student ID, or government issued ID.
Avoid carrying unnecessary personal items on you unless you need. Items like your keys, purse, backpack, wallet, jewelry, and even medication will be taken from you and held for safe keeping while you are in police custody. Carrying illegal substances such as drugs may cause further issues for you if they are in your possession while handing over your belongings. Most precincts will allow for you to keep a small amount of quarters on you in the event you need to make a collect call for assistance. Any items that you do have on you will be documented to ensure you receive your belongings, minus any illegal content, once you are released.
What if I Am Underage?
If you are an individual that is under the age of 18 years old or are a juvenile, the arresting officer(s) must immediately contact a parent or legal guardian to inform them. As a minor, you have the right to remain silent and to have an attorney present; you do not have to answer any questions or provide information until an adult is present.
If you have any health or medical issues that require daily medication or routine evaluation, you may want to prepare for additional steps to ensure you receive the support you need if you are held for an extended period of time. While any medication you bring with you will be held with all other personal belongings, having the appropriate prescriptions with you that are prescribed and labeled by a pharmacy will help notify enforcement that is processing your arrest to make necessary documentation.
Other Ways to Prepare
If you think you may be arrested at an event, consider letting a close family member or friend know of your whereabouts. Entrust someone with where you will be and at what time so they can be aware in the event you don’t make it home. It may be beneficial to write down or memorize contact information for an attorney or legal assistance for you to contact if the arrest occurs. Consider developing a backup plan for any responsibilities you hold, especially children or pets, in the event you are detained or unable to return home for a period of time.
About Rahul Balaram:
Rahul Balaram is an experienced and dedicated attorney that has represented hundreds of clients. Mr. Balaram takes pride in ensuring his clients are aware of every aspect of their case and that their interests are presented with dignity, compassion, and competence.
Rahul opened the Balaram Law Office in Santa Rosa and is widely known for his excellent trial skills, his unrelenting work on behalf of his clients, and the outstanding results that his clients receive.