Being arrested in Oklahoma—or any state, really—can be a frightening and confusing experience. Whether you find yourself in this situation unexpectedly or have concerns about potential legal trouble, understanding your rights and knowing how to navigate the process is crucial, as it can significantly impact the outcome of your case.

Let’s take a look at the specific steps you should take if you are arrested to protect yourself and your future. 

Understanding Your Rights

When you are arrested in Oklahoma, you have specific rights that are protected under the law. 

These rights include:

Right to Remain Silent

As you probably already know, you have the right to remain silent and not answer any questions posed by law enforcement. Anything you say can potentially be used against you in court, so it’s crucial to exercise this right until you have consulted with an attorney. Until then, don’t say anything. 

Right to Legal Representation

You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford one, you have the right to have an attorney appointed to represent you. It’s essential to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to ensure your rights are protected and to receive legal advice tailored to your situation.

Right to Refuse Searches

Unless law enforcement has a valid search warrant or probable cause, you have the right to refuse searches of your person, vehicle, or property. Asserting this right can prevent potential violations of your privacy and protect any evidence that may be used in your defense.

Remain Calm and Cooperative

While asserting your rights, it’s still highly important to remain calm and cooperative with law enforcement. Resisting arrest or being confrontational can escalate the situation and potentially lead to additional charges—even if you haven’t actually done anything wrong. Cooperating within the boundaries of your rights is crucial for your safety and legal defense.

Immediate Steps to Take After Being Arrested in Oklahoma

If you find yourself under arrest in Oklahoma, follow these steps to protect yourself and begin building your defense:

1. Stay Silent Except for Basic Information

Provide law enforcement with basic identifying information such as your name and address. Beyond that, exercise your right to remain silent until your attorney is present.

2. Contact an Attorney Immediately

As soon as possible after your arrest, contact a defense attorney. They specialize in criminal defense and have a deep understanding of Oklahoma’s legal landscape. The attorney will provide you with immediate guidance, ensure your rights are upheld, and begin strategizing your defense.

3. Avoid Making Statements or Signing Anything

Do not make any statements to law enforcement without your attorney present. Statements made without legal counsel can be misconstrued or used against you. Similarly, do not sign any documents or waivers without consulting your attorney first.

4. Document Everything You Can Remember

While details are fresh in your mind, write down everything you can remember about the circumstances leading to your arrest. Include interactions with law enforcement, witnesses present, and any other relevant information. This documentation can be valuable for your defense.

5. Prepare for Legal Proceedings

Your attorney will guide you through the legal proceedings ahead, including bail hearings, arraignments, and potential trial preparations. Cooperate fully with your legal team to ensure the best possible outcome for your case.

Secure Your Best Defense

Being arrested is a serious matter that requires immediate action and careful navigation of legal processes — and your legal team can make all the difference in the outcome of your particular case. Overman Legal Group is a uniquely modern criminal defense and civil law firm that provides personalized service through a team of dedicated and award-winning attorneys who will always exhaust every last resource on your behalf when handling your case. We are committed to protecting your rights, providing you with expert legal representation, and advocating for your best interests throughout the legal proceedings in Oklahoma. 

Align yourself with a proven, experienced team of attorneys with extensive defense expertise who will do everything in their power to secure a more favorable outcome. 

If you or someone you know has been arrested, contact us for a free and confidential consultation.