What Are Your Rights After Arrest?

After being arrested, you are taken to a police station. A record of your arrest and the charge must be entered promptly in an "arrest book". Your constitutional right to remain silent allows you to refuse to answer any questions, sign any statements or take any tests concerning the crime without a court order. You may have the assistance of a lawyer at all times. If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be appointed for you. You may waive these rights and make statements, sign papers and take any tests, but remember any information obtained from you voluntarily, and without the use of force or intimidation, may be used against you in court. You may still refuse to answer questions at any time, even if you have already answered questions.A verbal or written admission of guilt is a confession and may be used as evidence during a trial. A law enforcement officer has no legal authority to induce you to confess or admit guilt either by force, threats or promises of leniency or no prosecution. The promise of an officer to help you or to intervene with the court in exchange for a confession is not binding but may be considered on the issue of voluntariness.