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July 2019 - You’re Under Arrest – What Now?

You’re Under Arrest – What Now?For most people, just the thought of being arrested is frightening. Not knowing what to expect makes the situation even more stressful. The important thing to remember if police pull you over or arrest you is to not panic. That could only make a difficult situation worse. Remember:

  • Stay calm
  • Don’t make any sudden moves
  • Keep your hands in sight
  • Comply with all reasonable requests (i.e., providing identification when asked)

Before police in New Jersey can make an arrest, they must have sufficient proof that a crime has been committed and that the person being arrested is the one who committed it. That’s known as probable cause. At that point, police are permitted to conduct a search at the scene. Assuming the arrest is legal, the search is also legal; anything found in this search could lead to additional charges.

We’ve all seen police shows on TV where suspects are read their Miranda Rights as they’re being cuffed and walked off to a waiting patrol car. But that’s TV; in reality, once arrested you’ll be taken to the police station or jail and processed, meaning police will record your identifying information and details of your arrest and you’ll be photographed and fingerprinted. At this point, you’re in custody and subject to custodial interrogation. That’s when the police must read your Miranda Rights.

Miranda Rights are based on protections granted under the 5th, 6th and 14th Amendments: protection against self-incrimination, the right to counsel, and the right to due process. It’s in your best interest to exercise your rights to remain silent and to counsel. By continuing to talk to police without a lawyer, you risk saying something incriminating that can be used later as evidence. A criminal attorney is best suited to defend you against interrogation and any case being built against you.

Few people set out to get arrested, but everyone is capable of making mistakes. If you find yourself or a loved one in this situation, your first step should be to consult an experienced criminal attorney.

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- Stephanie

Mr. Rotolo has helped me numerous times in legal matters and has continued to support and help me through countless hardships. He is dedicated to providing the best service and is a true professional. I will continue to consult with him regarding any legal issues in the future. He is a respectable, hardworking, kind hearted man and I would recommend his legal services to anyone.

- Matthew

I am an attorney and have practiced law for 26 years. I hired Vic to handle a very difficult family matter because I do not handle family law. Vic was extremely competent and obtained a result far beyond my expectations. Without his counsel my son's and family's life would have been changed forever. Thank you Vic for your good lawyering. I very much appreciate the personal attention and time dedicated to this matter. I highly recommend Vic.

- Anthony

We recently had a situation where we needed to hire an attorney. We selected Kearns Rotolo Law and I can honestly say that we were above and beyond satisfied with Vic and his team. We would absolutely recommend this firm to anyone should the need arise. We blindly picked the firm out of the phone book because I liked his ad. Now I believe that God was pointing us in the right direction. Thank you Vic and Kearns Rotolo Law for being there for us in our time of need.

- Kim

Victor's expertise, due diligence, and empathy for his client made my first experience with the law (and last) a non-stressful one. Before the case, I did my research and looked over about 20 lawyers before choosing Victor. All my sources pointed to him as the best and they weren't off even a bit. Victor treated my case like it was his own and kept me up to date with all my appointments, breakthroughs in the case, and guided me step through step in a process that I never thought that I had to come to endure. If Victor's not available Susy will go out of her way to take care you. The productivity and efficiency in that office is second to none. Thank you Victor!

- Michael