What You Should Know About California Law And Your Arrest

Being charged with a crime — regardless of its severity — can change the course of your life forever. To protect your future and avoid seriously damaging your case, you must understand your rights, your responsibilities, and what actions the law requires from the police and the prosecution.

You should insist on getting personalized counsel from a criminal law attorney in Los Angeles from the moment the police investigate or arrest you. At the same time, a basic knowledge of criminal law may prevent you from revealing incriminating evidence before you can speak with a criminal lawyer.

Who Can Detain You, Investigate You And Charge You With A Crime?

The police or another party, such as a store employee, can detain you while investigating a crime that may involve you. This does not mean you are under arrest. California law only requires you provide the following to the police upon request:

  • Your name

  • Your address

  • Proof of identification

In the state of California, several parties have the power to arrest you. Anyone who sees someone attempting to commit or committing a misdemeanor or suspects you committed a felony can make a citizen's arrest. They must witness the event, and a citizen's arrest only applies to crimes punishable by fines or short jail sentences. The following people can arrest you on suspicion of more serious crimes:

  • Police officers

  • County sheriff officers

  • Investigators in the district attorney's or attorney general's office

  • Highway patrol officers

  • Probation or parole officers

  • Federal agents

Upon arrest, the police must inform you of your Miranda rights. The U.S. Constitution guarantees the following rights to adult citizens and noncitizens alike:

  • You have the right to remain silent

  • Anything you say may be used against you

  • You have a right to have a lawyer present while you are questioned

  • If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be appointed for you

A criminal law attorney can ask the court to ignore everything you said to the police if they did not warn you of your rights when they arrested you. However, this does not apply to information you volunteer and the law only requires the police to inform you of your rights upon arrest. They may detain and question you without reading you your rights.

Get The Answers You Need After An Arrest In Los Angeles Or Elsewhere

Contact the Law Office of Bradley S. Sandler A Professional Corporation for more information about California criminal laws applicable to your case. The knowledge and experience that Los Angeles criminal law attorney Bradley S. Sandler offers can protect your future. Call 310-246-3900 or send an email inquiry to schedule a consultation.

able to your case. The knowledge and experience that the Los Angeles criminal law attorneys of Bradley S. Sandler offer can protect your future. Call 310-246-3900 or send an email inquiry to schedule a consultation.