How To Handle Yourself If You Get Arrested

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We hope that you will never be in a position that you are arrested, but if you are it’s important to be prepared, know your rights and who to call. Being arrested might not be a good experience and is often considered to be dramatic.

Here are some basic steps that you can follow that may make the whole process easier. Even if you are innocent, it’s important to know your rights, know how to behave, and what to do in the unfortunate position of being arrested. It will help you to avoid mistakes that can make the situation worse.

Stay Calm

When approached by police, it’s important to stay calm and don’t panic. Listen to what the police are asking you to do. If they ask you to stop, then stop. Keep your hands out of your pocket. Don’t make sudden movements. If the police ask to search your property, ask if they have a warrant. Without consent, they may not have the legal right to conduct a search. It’s important to stay calm and polite throughout and don’t force into the negative conversation.

Don’t run or be violent

If you are actually put under arrest, fighting or struggling is not necessary. Resisting arrest can lead to more serious charges.

Know Your Rights

After you are arrested, you have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. Invoke your rights! After you’ve invoked your rights, remain silent. Once you are in jail do not talk to any other people about your case except for the attorney. You can tell police basic information like your name, address, date of birth, but do not tell them anything else.
While you’re in custody, you should assume that any conversations you have with family, friends, other inmates could be recorded or monitored. Only speak to your attorney until you are released.

Ask for Help

You are entitled to a phone call when you’re arrested. You call family, an attorney or a bail bondsman. If you cannot afford an attorney one will be appointed to you, called a public defender. You should always have memorized at least two friends or family phone numbers to be able to call from a landline. It’s unlikely that you’ll be granted access to your personal cell phone after your arrest. Also remember, any phone calls can be reordered or monitored unless it’s to your attorney. Your lawyer can arrange for a bond in order to help you get out of the jail. More information on how to get a bail bond, here. If you have been arrested outside of Florida, or in another city, you can still utilize Central Florida Bonding by obtaining a transfer bond. The bond is transferred to the location where the defendant is held.

The defendants are given an option to pay their bond to get out of jail or stay in jail. If the defendant opts for a bond from jail, they can choose to pay the bond in full and get released. If the defendant is being arrested for more than one charge, they can face multiple bonds.


It is very important to consult the lawyer when you are arrested. With the help of the lawyer and a bail bondsman, the defendant can get out of jail easily. Stay calm and quiet and do not provoke the arresting officers.

We hope that this article will be helpful if you or someone you know ever gets arrested. Please remember that Central Florida Bail Bonds offers discreet, confidential, 24/7 services to get you out of jail fast. We bond for most criminal and felony charges. Call 407-841-3646 in the event that you or a loved one are arrested.


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