Let’s say that a police officer arrests you. If a cop places you under arrest, do not panic. Many people, even those of good moral character, may face an arrest for a criminal offense.

An arrest does not necessarily mean that the state will convict you of a crime, or even that it will charge you with one. However, there are a few critical steps that you should follow.

What you should do after an arrest

Whether a police pull you over in your car, stop you in public or arrive at your doorstep, this is what you should do if you face an arrest in Wisconsin.

  1. Remain calm and polite

Even though it can feel terrifying to face an arrest, try to keep a cool head. If you remain calm, then the officer who is arresting you is more likely to remain calm as well. Even if the cop speaks to you rudely, keep your demeanor polite.

  1. Invoke your right to silence

You have probably heard this phrase: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you.” This is the Miranda Warning, or the rights that cops must recite to you during your arrest.

Tell the police that you are invoking your Fifth Amendment right to silence. Do not give any extraneous information to the police, and do not agree to an interview. Even if you have done nothing wrong, it is far too easy to accidentally say something incriminating.

  1. Offer only identifying information

However, there is some basic information that you must provide to the police. This includes your name and home address. Aside from these details, do not offer up any information about yourself or the alleged incident.

  1. Ask for a lawyer

Aside from the right to remain silent, you also have the right to an attorney. Ask for an attorney immediately. A criminal defense attorney is crucial to help you navigate the justice system and protect your rights. Tell the police that you will not speak to them without a lawyer present.