If arrested, you can expect to be searched for weapons by the police and taken to jail[1]  If questioned by police, you should be told of your rights under the United States Constitution, in what is commonly called Miranda warnings. It is important to realize that you do not have to have your rights read to you if the police officer does not ask you any questions.

Some important rights to remember are:

  • The right to remain silent;
  • The right against self-incrimination;
  • The right to have an attorney present WHILE being questioned;
  • The right to stop answering questions at any time, even if you have started answering questions;
  • The right to know the crime or crimes with which you have been charged;
  • The right to know the identity of the police officers who are dealing with you.
  • The right to communicate by telephone with your attorney, family, friends, or bondsperson as soon as practicable after you are brought into the police station (The police have a right to complete their booking procedures before you are allowed to use the telephone).

If you do not wish to answer police questions, you must say that you want to remain silent. If in doubt, simply do not speak. To get your right to an attorney, you must say that you want an attorney to represent you.  As soon as you request an attorney, all police questioning must stop.

[1] §§ 901.21 and 901.24, Fla. Stat..