I've Been Arrested

Jose H. Varela, Public Defender

If you are taken into custody when you are arrested, the police may want to talk with you about your case. Before talking with you, the police must tell you the following (often referred to as a Miranda advisement):

  • You have the right to remain silent
  • Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law
  • You have the right to talk to an attorney and to have an attorney present before and during questioning
  • If you can't afford an attorney, one will be appointed free of charge to represent you if you desire

For additional information on specific types of arrests, please visit one of the following pages: