I came across an interesting article this week about a strange arrest in Massachusetts from 2008.
The defendant was driving around with no rear tires or axel, causing sparks to fly all over the road. When officers stopped him and approached the vehicle, the driver was pant-less and took off on not one, but two, brief foot chases. He wasn’t alone in the car either. Officers found two women who were both between 300 and 450 pounds and a nest of mice under the driver’s seat. The weight of the women is what caused the axel to separate from the vehicle.
He was charged with driving while intoxicated, indecent exposure, urinating in public, disturbing the peace, failure to stay in marked lanes, destruction of private property, assaulting a police officer, driving an unregistered motor vehicle, driving an uninsured motor vehicle, non-payment of child support, public intoxication, evading police, passengers not wearing seat belts, transporting lab animals without proper permits and contributing to the delinquency of a minor (one of the passengers was only 17 years old).
Obviously, there is a lot of “What NOT to do’s” in this absurd account so now let’s focus on what you SHOULD do if you are ever arrested or detained in Arizona.
What You Should Do If Arrested in Arizona
If you find yourself in a situation where you are arrested, it is important to remember your Miranda rights. These are typically said/read to you upon arrest (if not, by law they should be) but the key is to REMEMBER them.
- Remain silent. Do not attempt to convict the arresting officers or those that question you of your innocence. Anything you say can and WILL be used against you.
- Remain with the officers. In other words, don’t run. You will most likely be facing additional charges by attempting to flee.
- Remain calm and follow instructions. Do not give the police officer any reason to report that you were anything less than cooperative.
- Don’t allow searches. Even if you think you have nothing to hide, don’t give the consent to a search.
- Ask to speak to a criminal defense attorney. The sooner you have someone on your side protecting your rights, the better.
Arizona Criminal Defense Attorney Kyle T. Green
Being arrested, or even detained, can be extremely emotional and devastating but don’t ever let emotions get the best of you. Call me anytime day or night with questions and concerns, especially if you have just been arrested. As a criminal defense attorney it is my job to protect your legal rights and your freedom.