Being arrested for a drug offense in New York state can be overwhelming and intimidating, especially if you do not know what to expect from the legal process. Whether you are a first-time offender or you’ve had previous encounters with the criminal justice system, there are certain steps that you should take immediately to ensure that your rights are protected. Let’s take a look at three important actions you should take as soon as you suspect that you will be charged with a drug offense.
Step #1: Say as Little as Possible
The arresting officer is obligated to read you your Miranda rights, one of which includes your right to remain silent. As tempting as it may be to try to explain yourself in the moment, it’s best if you refrain from discussing anything with the police until you’ve spoken to an attorney. It’s common for law enforcement officers to try to coax a confession out of you, but the less information you provide them, the harder they will have to work to build a case against you. Resist the urge to try to reason or explain yourself to the arresting officer, and contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Step #2: Contact an Attorney
As soon as you are able to call someone, reach out to a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer who can offer you the guidance you need during this challenging time. Your attorney will listen closely to your situation and determine the best strategy for obtaining you a favorable outcome given the circumstances of your case. For many people, simply knowing that someone is by their side during this stressful process can provide a much-needed sense of relief.\
Step #3: Try to Remain Calm as Much as Possible
Realizing that your freedom may be in jeopardy can make anyone frustrated and angry with law enforcement. Although it may feel tempting to lash out at the arresting officer or resist arrest, belligerent actions can intensify the situation and even result in additional criminal charges. Try to remain calm and cooperate with the officers until you can discuss your situation with your attorney. Don’t attract additional negative attention from law enforcement, and reassure yourself that you will get through this.
If you or someone you love is currently facing drug charges in the New York City area, contact the Law Office of Adrienne D. Edward, P.C. at (201) 420-8850.