What Should You Do If You Are Arrested?
Anyone who is arrested should remain silent! This means do NOT answer any questions asked by the police. Politely say,
“I want a lawyer,” and contact a criminal defense lawyer as
soon as possible. Maintain that request again after being arrested. It
is important to remember that police officers are trained to investigate
crimes and gather evidence to build a case against you.
Believe it or not, but most people provide the evidence needed to convict
themselves to the police through confessions, statements, or other evidence.
While it is always a good idea to be cooperative with law enforcement,
it is important to do so in a controlled setting where you have access
to competent legal advice.
Our criminal defense attorney in Bismarck is well aware of the inequality
of power and material resources in the North Dakota criminal justice system.
The State of North Dakota and United States Government take advantage
of an extensive staff of lawyers, police and agents, sophisticated crime
labs and experts, and a huge budget provided by the taxpayers. This gives
them a tremendous advantage because the legal system is based on the premise
that “the whole truth” is that presented at the trial. If
a person accused of a crime cannot challenge the government’s case,
or submit his or her own witnesses, then the jury by default will probably
accept as true whatever evidence the prosecutor produces.