If you’re reading this post, chances are you have been arrested or know someone who has. While there are many things you shouldn’t do once you’ve been arrested, this post contains four of the most common.

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Don’t Make These Four Common Mistakes

Forgoing Legal Assistance

First and foremost, you should always contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. They will provide you with guidance about what you should and should not say immediately after your arrest. The longer you wait to seek legal representation, the higher your risk of making a mistake that could compromise your case and, ultimately, your future.

Discussing the Case

If you have been arrested and are waiting to be bailed out or to speak with your attorney, do not speak to other inmates, friends, family, or the police about your case. Facing an arrest is scary, and many people mistakenly believe that they can talk their way out of their charges. Everything you say can and will be used against you — do not speak to anyone but your attorney.

Once you have been released from jail, do not post about your case on social media or discuss your case with anyone else. Again, discussing your case with your attorney, and only your attorney, is ultimately in your best interests.

Getting in Trouble

This point almost goes without saying, but many people do dig themselves into deeper holes by getting into further legal trouble once they’ve been released from jail. Your attorney will provide you with everything you need to know until your trial date, and you need to do your best to live your life normally until then. Should you have any further legal trouble before your trial, it may be more difficult for your attorney to help.

Lying to Your Attorney

You contacted a criminal defense attorney because you need the best possible legal representation, but your attorney cannot give you that if you aren’t fully transparent about your case. Remember that your attorney’s job is not to judge you — they’re your advocate. Moreover, lying or withholding information from your attorney could affect how they proceed with your case. If your attorney doesn’t have the full story or has false information, you could be facing more serious charges when the truth comes to light.

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