5 Mistakes to Avoid After Being Arrested in California

An arrest can be a daunting and confusing experience, causing many to inadvertently compromise their legal rights. Although challenging, maintaining composure and thoughtfully assessing the situation can greatly enhance the likelihood of a favorable case resolution.

When faced with potentially aggressive law enforcement officers, racing thoughts, and an uncertain future, it can be challenging to avoid mistakes. An experienced lawyer can help you understand the ins and outs of your legal situation and the frequent missteps of others in like situations. By doing so, you can considerably lower the likelihood of encountering harsh outcomes in your California criminal case. 

5 Mistakes to Avoid After Being Arrested in California

At Aron Law Firm, we understand the challenges of an arrest and will develop a solid defense regardless of potential subconscious mistakes made during your arrest. However, to try and limit your hardships and roadblocks, we have compiled a list of universal slip-ups to avoid during an arrest. 

Fleeing From the Police

The heat of the moment and fear of an arrest may cause you to flee the scene of a crime. Unfortunately, this mistake may result in harsher punishments than you would have initially faced. Our Aron Law Firm team has experience navigating these situations in court and will support and illustrate your emotions and reasons for fleeing to potentially lessen the consequences. 

Talking About Your Case

The right to remain silent is an essential federal- and state-level sanction you should adhere to when arrested. While local law enforcement may try to convince you to speak about your situation, it is best to wait until you have representation from a lawyer before discussing your case.

Posting on Social Media

After an arrest, you may want to communicate with your family and friends to let them know about your situation. While social media is a valuable tool for staying connected with your community, posting after an arrest can be detrimental to your case. Even if the content does not concern your arrest, the prosecution may use anything you say or post against you in court. Before posting or even “liking” anything on social media, speak with Aron Law Firm about your best course of action. 

Missing Your Court Date

Once you have been arrested and charged with a crime, you may need to appear before a judge several times before your actual trial. Missing court dates and times will not only slight your character in the eyes of the judge but also pose a threat to your case and result in harsher or additional punishments. In California, missing your court date can be punishable under CA Penal Code 1320 & 1320.5. In such a case, the judge will issue a bench warrant, and police will show up at your house to arrest you and bring you to court. 

Waiting to Speak With an Attorney

Regardless of whether the arrest is your first or third offense, speaking with an attorney will prevent you from making harmful mistakes. Our team at Aron Law Firm has years of experience navigating the complex processes of the California court system. We understand the mistakes individuals make and how to defend against prosecutors using them against those charged. By waiting to speak with an attorney, you may be risking your rights and case outcome.

The Aron Law Firm has guided and supported numerous clients through stressful and dangerous criminal charges, providing them with the best possible outcome for their situation. We use our vast experience and community connections to build a solid defense strategy tailored to your needs.

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From professional license violations to assault charges, Aron Law Firm has decades of experience handling criminal defense cases. When you seek defense with our firm, you gain assertive and determined professionals willing to do whatever it takes to secure the best possible outcome for your case. 

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