A vacation in Vegas can be an awesome time, but if you start having too much fun, you could find yourself in a whole heap of trouble. A lot of people who visit Vegas throw caution to the wind, and engage in activities that are illegal. In fact, many people think that activities that are illegal in other areas are completely legal in Vegas. This is not the case. So, if you find yourself in trouble while you are in Vegas, and you end up getting arrested, here are some tips on how to behave so you don’t get into even more trouble.
1. Stop when Told to Stop
The last thing you want is to be in trouble, and then be in even more trouble by resisting arrest. If a police officer tells you to stop, do what they say. Keep your hands out of your pockets, and don’t make any sudden movements that could cause the police to get nervous and end up being a lot harder on you than is necessary.
2. Don’t Give Information Until Asked
You are not required to give your name, address, and other personal information to the police until you are asked for it. Remember, this is all that you have to tell them without a lawyer present. Just be sure to not be rude with your refusal, and remember that anything you say can be used against you later in court.
3. Ask for a Warrant
If the police want to search you, your vehicle, hotel room, etc., ask if they have a warrant.
“Do not give permission to search if they ask without a warrant, because this could really come back to haunt you later when you are in court. If you give permission, you can’t argue about it later,” says one of criminal defense lawyers in Las Vegas Nick Wooldridge.
4. Answer Questions during Processing
When the police are processing you after your arrest, answer the basic questions, such as your name, address, social security number, etc. If you refuse to answer these questions, the whole process is going to be longer, and you will sit in jail a lot longer than necessary. The more cooperative you are, the smoother the whole process is going to go.
5. Don’t Ask for Medical Help
Unless you are truly in a medical emergency situation, do not ask for medical help if you are arrested (panic attack, anxiety, etc.). Law enforcement is required to take you to a hospital, and this can mean that you will end up spending an additional day in jail to make up for the time you spend in the hospital. If you do need medication, ask if you can have someone bring it to you.
6. Don’t Antagonize Others while in Custody
You will likely be sharing a cell with others, so do your best to get along with them. These people may not be your friends, but they could end up being your best allies while you are in custody. Don’t confront anyone, get into arguments, etc. Just keep to yourself and mind your own business, and you will get through this without ending up being beaten up.
7. Keep Conversations to a Minimum
If you are locked up with others in the same cell, unless you know them, keep the talk to a minimum. This isn’t a party, and a lot of people are going to want to simply keep to themselves. Of course, if someone should strike up a conversation with you, be polite and speak with them, but again, don’t get into a huge conversation, tell your life story, etc. Also, don’t reveal information that could get you into even more trouble if you have a snitch for a cell mate.
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