Encounters with Law Enforcement
What should you do if you ever retained or arrested by a police officer?
By: Robert Adams, Esq.
Date: January 15, 2019
As counsellors, it is our duty to get people in the habit of thinking about the security and well-being of their own interests. Like the old saying goes “hope for the best but plan for the worst.” That is what lawyers do – we help clients plan for the worst and one of the worst things that can happen to a person is to have their freedom taken away. Having any type of encounter with law enforcement can be a traumatic experience; however, if during that encounter, you find yourself being placed under arrest, it is easy to blank out and forget how to conduct yourself. Sometimes, the flight-or-fight primal response kicks in, but that will only make things worse.
We offer these eight (8) things to remember if you are ever arrested because it is important to understand what to do if your freedom is ever taken away by a Law Enforcement Officer (“LEO”).