If you have been arrested for a criminal offence, you may go through a barrage of emotions. We all think that it could never happen to us if we follow the law, do what is right and are “good people”. In reality, you can find yourself on the wrong side of the law for many reasons. You can be falsely accused, it could be a case of mistaken identity or you could have actually committed the crime. Whatever the reason, it can happen to anyone. If it does happen, it would be wise to keep certain things in mind.
Be respectful: Police officers bear the responsibility to serve and protect. Regardless of how wronged or embarrassed you may feel if you are being arrested or questioned, you should be polite and as calm as possible. Shouting, screaming or worse yet hitting an officer is a sure way to get more charges against you and maybe even a visit to the hospital to tend to the wounds you will receive in retaliation.
Exercise your Rights: One of the most infamous lines you hear in movies and drama filled legal scenes is “You have the right to remain silent”. This is not just a doctored line from screen writer’s mind. It is an actual legal right offered to anyone who is being accused of a crime. MAKE USE OF THIS RIGHT.
Legal Representation: You should request or speak to a lawyer as soon as possible. If you are being questioned or are in police custody, a lawyer is your only chance of defending yourself. Whether you believe that you are innocent or not, your lawyer is the only person who is knowledgeable enough and duty bound to represent your best interest.
Here at Ted Yoannou, our Midland criminal lawyers are here to represent you in an ethical and professional manner. If you have been charged with a criminal offence or need any form of legal representation, call us for a free consultation and let us help you in your time of need.
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Officer assaulted unexpectedly
On a routine traffic stop when a spoiler fell off a vehicle, a Midland police officer had no idea what he would be encountering.
After not stopping immediately then pulling over into a parking lot, Terrance Belcher who was the driver at the time tried to escape the scene. The officer grabbed at him in an effort to detain him but Belcher began punching the officer in the face and other parts of his body in an attempt to flee.
The officer struggled with the assailant as a huge crowd gathered around them. Eventually the officer gained control of the suspect by punching him in the face repeatedly and using pepper spray. Allegedly Belcher was still showing some resistance so the officer struck him a few times in the rib cage until he was submissive. It was only after this incident that the officer discovered that the suspect had a warrant out for his arrest.
Belcher is charged with assault and resisting arrest among other charges.