The police are in place in order to protect the general public from crime. However, those suspected of a criminal offense see a different perspective. It can be extremely daunting to be approached by law enforcement under these circumstances. How should you respond? What are your rights?
One thing that you will want to do is to try and remain calm. How can you do this and why does it benefit you?
Control your breathing
Managing to control your breathing is easier said than done, but it can help to make you feel much less anxious. There are various breathing techniques that you can try, but taking deep, slow and measured breaths can help to regulate your body and feelings. Once you have your breathing under control, you can start to address other aspects such as why you are under suspicion and how you should respond.
Why it’s important to remain calm
You may be outraged at being accused of a crime. Perhaps you’ve never been in legal trouble before in your life. It’s natural to want to protest your innocence with a passion, but this won’t necessarily help you. Saying more than you are obliged to could actually harm your case and if officers accuse you of obstructing them, trying to get away or causing a disturbance, you could face additional charges.
On top of trying to stay calm, one of the first things you are going to want to do is seek some legal guidance. This will help ensure that your rights are upheld and justice is done.