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21February2017

First Steps After an Arrest or Accident

Published By: David Shapiro Category: Criminal Law

Getting arrested or being involved in a motor vehicle accident are two of the most stressful situations that a person can go through. While it’s essential for you to make the right moves in the immediate aftermath of an arrest or accident, there’s a good chance that you will be in a bit of shock and might be unsure of what you need to do. That’s why it’s important for you to take the time to consider your options and then to make the right decisions under pressure.

If You’ve Been Arrested

In the event of an arrest, you should remain silent and immediately ask police for a lawyer. Legal representation will be able to advise you as to what you should do while in police custody, and you should never speak with police without first speaking with your legal counsel. Police can – and often will – use anything you say as evidence to build the case against you, but you have the right to speak with a lawyer before making a statement. Make sure that you exercise your rights and make the request to speak with a criminal defense attorney the first thing you do following an arrest.

If You’ve Been in an Accident

In the event of an accident, you should start by taking photographs with your cellphone, capturing not only damages to your vehicle, but also the surroundings, weather conditions and other factors in the area that could be important to your case. In addition, be sure to capture an image of the license plate of the other driver. If the other driver decides to take off on you, it will help authorities track down the other party. Even if no one was injured, you should also call the authorities right away so that you can provide them with a statement about what happened and can have a report filed for your insurance company and to document the incident. Contacting a lawyer who specializes in auto accidents is also a good idea, especially if you sustained extensive damage to your vehicle or have been injured during the accident.

The Law Offices of David B. Shapiro understands the stress that comes along with an arrest or accident, and we aim to work with those who need our help the most. Whether you were arrested for an alleged crime or involved in a car accident, we will provide you with the resources you need to get back on your feet. Call us at 410-576-9100 today to get assistance with all of your legal needs.

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