What should you do if you've been arrested?
It is strongly recommended that you always use an experienced criminal attorney and never defend yourself in a criminal trial. There are countless legal traps and loopholes that can result in unfair convictions and severe sentences.
Most people who incriminate themselves do so by trying to explain or defend themselves to the arresting officer or judge at their arraignment. It is crucial that you resist the urge to say anything or try to defend yourself. Anything that you say can and will be used against you. Even the most seemingly innocent questions from a friendly law enforcement officer can severely damage your ability to defend yourself.
It is your right to have an attorney. If you cannot afford a private attorney, you have the right to a court-appointed public defender. However, even a public defender is not free. Depending on the circumstances, you may be required to pay for the defense at the conclusion of your case.
Until you have an attorney, do not speak to anyone. Do not answer any questions.