Just Don’t Do It! – Don’t Run ©

I have been practicing law for many years in Metropolitan Atlanta and have seen a wide variety of reactions to getting arrested. Some of these reactions are unwise, but understandable. Others are self defeating to the point of being bizarre.  Sometimes I just shake my head and say, “Lord have mercy!”  No one plans to be arrested.  It can happen to anyone, anywhere, and at any time.

Are you prepared to deal with that life changing moment?  Children get arrested too.  Are you prepared to educate your child on how to deal with that situation?   Let’s think about what you will do and not do if you ever hear the phrase, “Put your hands behind you.” To guard your rights and interests, the simplest TO DO rule is to do what you are told. Simple, but somehow it often escapes someone who is either scared or intoxicated. More important to guarding your rights and interests is knowing what NOT  TO DO.  Each week, I will give you my tip on what you SHOULD NOT do if you are arrested. — Just Don’t Do It!

Don’t run. It’s highly unlikely a suspect can outrun ten radio cars converging on a block in mere seconds. Nor can you evade a police helicopter hovering above. I had a case where a passenger being driven home by a drunken friend bolted and ran. Why? It was the driver they wanted. Maybe the passenger wanted to get rid of some contraband that he was carrying. It didn’t work. He was eventually caught and needlessly subjected to a forceful arrest. Most police will just arrest a runner, but there are some who will be mad that they had to work so hard and give you an unnecessary beat down that could leave you with some serious injuries. Also, attempting to avoid arrest by not stopping your car will cause you some serious problems. Some of you are old enough to remember the infamous beating that Rodney King took at the hands of the L.A. Police Department when he tried to avoid arrest by leading the police on a high speed chase. It can happen to you. It’s not worth it. You will be charged with obstruction. Even worst is that the law in Georgia says that there is an inference of guilt if you take flight to avoid arrest. Just Don’t Do it– Don’t Run. Obey the officer’s commands and fight your case in court.

Attorney Emerson Carey, Jr. has been a trial lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia for over 21 years. He is an adjunct professor at Emory University School of law where he teaches trial advocacy. Attorney Carey can be reached at 404-635-1112, 1-877-635-1112, and ecarey@careydobson.com.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is not intended to be legal advice and does not constitute an attorney-client relationship.  Every criminal prosecution is based on its individual facts and requires an independent evaluation by a licensed, experienced attorney.