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San Jose Arrests: What You Should Know

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San Jose criminal defense attorneys, San Jose arrest,  misdemeanor charges,  felony crime allegations, San Jose criminal chargesYou may think of getting arrested as something that only happens to serious offenders or to those who live a life of crime. However, thousands of otherwise hardworking, honest people in our area end up behind bars each year. Whether you are detained for only a few hours or for several days, any amount of time spent in jail can be a traumatic experience.

What you say and do during this time can have a major impact on the likelihood of a conviction, which is why you need to get an experienced San Jose criminal defense attorney on your side right away. We can guide you through the legal process while ensuring your rights are protected. 

The Odds of Getting Arrested in San Jose

If you have never been detained by law enforcement officials, or are fortunate enough to have never seen the inside of a jail cell, consider yourself lucky. The fact is that getting arrested is much more common than people think. According to reports from the San Jose Police Department (SJPD), close to 13,000 adults and more than 1,300 juveniles are placed behind bars each year in our area.

While allegations of felony crimes, such as robbery, kidnapping, and attempted homicide, provide obvious justification for holding someone, thousands are arrested each year on misdemeanor charges. These include:

  • Public intoxication;
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medications;
  • Hit and run, joyriding, and other traffic violations;
  • Trespassing, vandalism, and disturbing the peace;
  • Shoplifting and petty theft-related charges;
  • Assault and battery, resulting from fights and altercations;
  • Drug possession; and
  • Domestic violence.

What to Do if You Are Placed Under Arrest

Being accused of even a minor crime and informed that you are going to jail can come as a major shock, and your first impulse may be to dispute the allegation and resist being detained. However, this type of behavior can prove dangerous and may result in additional criminal charges. Your best bet is to comply with the arresting officer, while taking the steps needed to ensure your safety. 

The Northern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) offers the following dos and don’t to protect yourself and your rights:

  • Do comply with the police by providing your name and contact information.
  • Do not answer any questions about the alleged crime. Simply state, “I wish to remain silent.”
  • Do exercise your right to make three phone calls.
  • Do not discuss details about your arrest or the crime you are accused of over the phone.
  • Do make your first call to an experienced criminal defense attorney.
  • Do not make any statements or sign any documents without speaking to your attorney first.

At Jachimowicz Law Group, we provide the professional legal guidance and aggressive representation you need to protect yourself against the possibility of a conviction. Contact our passionate San Jose criminal defense attorneys today to discuss how we can help you.

Sources:

http://www.sjpd.org/CrimeStats/2017/CADOJ_UCR_2017_Arrests_Reported.pdf

https://www.aclunc.org/sites/default/files/kyr_police_en.pdf

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