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Getting arrested for drug possession is a serious matter. A drug possession conviction can lead to hefty fines as well as jail time. If for some reason, police arrest you on suspicion of possession of drugs, you should remember that there are things that you need to do, and some things to refrain from ever doing for your sake. Here are some of the most important dos and don’ts to keep in mind if you’re arrested for drug possession.
Do: Remain calm
Admittedly, remaining calm in such an intense situation as a police arrest can prove to be hard, but you have to do your best to rein your emotions in because any outburst from your end could lead to additional charges, like resisting arrest or obstruction of justice. You could also potentially get hurt if you get a little violent because police officers won’t hesitate to use force to subdue you. So take a deep breath, let the cops slap handcuffs on you, and remain calm all the way to the police station.
Don’t: Say anything
Actually, you still have to say something to cops if they ask for your name, age, and other identifying information. Other than that, you should keep your mouth shut. Silence, after all, is your inalienable right according to the 5th Amendment. So if they start asking you questions about your case, just say that you won’t say anything until you have an attorney present. You can do this with every question they ask you. Just remember to say those words in a manner that’s direct and respectful. It’s not in your best interest to be rude or snarky to police officers who are itching to make your drug arrest stick.
Do: Call a lawyer
When you’re facing drug charges, you are going to need the services of a good lawyer. So make that one phone call count by calling your lawyer if you have one, or a trusted friend or family member to find an attorney for you. If you can’t afford to hire a private lawyer, the court will provide you a public defender.
Don’t: Put anything in writing
The Miranda lines “you have the right to remain silent” and “anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law” also apply to whatever you put in writing. That is why you should never sign anything the police puts in front of you, or write anything down that would be detrimental to your case.
Don’t: Try to talk your way out of it
Trying to weasel out of a drug arrest simply doesn’t work. In fact, trying to talk your way out of it can only make things worse for you, especially if your attempts involve bribing the arresting officer. Name-dropping or bragging about who you are won’t work either, and could only lead to embarrassment.
Do: Request for bail
You don’t want to be staying inside a jail cell for the duration of your case, so at your arraignment, you or your lawyer should ask the court to set bail. It is entirely within the judge’s power to grant or deny bail. If he or she denies it, there isn’t much you can do about it.
These are just some of the things that you need to remember once you’re arrested for drug possession. With the help of your lawyer, you will be able to understand more about the law and your case.