Recent protests on the streets of Providence over the death of George Floyd have left many wondering what happens if you are arrested after protesting in Rhode Island. The most important thing to remember is that you do have rights.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation of Rhode Island provides excellent advice regarding your rights during protests and demonstrations. If you are arrested, though, and no longer free to leave the scene, the most important thing for you to do at that point is to stay calm and feel confident exercising your rights.
Exercise Your Rights
If you have been arrested, you have several rights, and you can and should begin to exercise them as soon as possible.
- Ask why you've been arrested. You are entitled to know why your freedom is being restricted.
- You have the right to remain silent. As you have heard on television many times, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law, so stay quiet except to ask for an attorney — and certainly don't sign anything without legal advice.
- Ask to make your phone call. You may call anyone you choose, and know that if you call your attorney, the police cannot listen.
After an arrest, the most important thing for you to remember is that having legal representation by your side as soon as possible is crucial in making sure your rights are protected.
If You Feel Your Rights Have Been Violated
In addition to speaking with an attorney, you can start recording as much information as possible about the events to preserve your memories. Write down all the information you can recall in as much detail as possible. Begin to gather witnesses and their contact information. Having all of this ready for an attorney can make filing a complaint or even a lawsuit later that much easier.
If you've been arrested after protesting in Rhode Island, don't panic. An experienced criminal defense attorney can guide you through the process and ensure that you obtain the best result possible — potentially even dropped charges. Contact Inman & Tourgee online or call (401) 823-9200 to discuss your case today.