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What Would You Do If You Were Arrested Abroad?

posted 1 Oct 2010, 05:32 by Mpelembe   [ updated 1 Oct 2010, 05:34 ]

Every day, in every part of the world, people get arrested.
It could be because they deliberately did something wrong.
Maybe it's a case of mistaken identity.  Or they might have
just been playing a prank and it went wrong.

If you're arrested while you're traveling outside of the
United States you will be treated like all the other crime
suspects that are brought in for interrogation by the
police.  The way you deal with it will have a big effect on
what will happen later.  It is imperative that you deal with
your arrest in an appropriate manner because if you make any
mistakes you won't be able to easily correct them later.

Being arrested is a traumatic experience.  It is even worse
if it happens to you in a country where you can't read or
speak the language and you don't know anything about the
legal process.

Although it can be very easy to panic in such a situation
you must control your emotions.  Staying calm and thinking
quickly and logically in a situation like this is more
important than it's ever been.  If you permit the
circumstances to unnerve you then you may make some critical
mistakes while you are being interrogated.  And these
mistakes can seriously hurt your chance of winning the case.

Do Not Say Anything and Do Not Admit Anything

Even if you think you should defend yourself it is very
important that you do not admit to anything or even say
anything.  Because you may be agitated it would be easy to
try to explain your situation in an attempt to defend
yourself.  However you could end up saying things and doing
things that are not consistent.  Keep your mouth shut.

Do Not Sign Anything

The police might try to intimidate you into signing a blank
piece of paper.  Or they might try to get you to sign a
statement that is written in a foreign language.  You must
calmly yet firmly refuse to sign any document or form.  You
have to stand your ground.

If it is possible not to talk at all or sign anything you
should take that route.  You should wait until you have
legitimate legal counsel that will advise you properly
before you say or sign anything about your case.

Contact Your Consulate

The best thing to do would be to ask to be able to contact
your country's consulate in order to talk to your country's
consular officer or his or her representative.

You should get in touch with them as soon as you can because
they will be able to advise you as to how significant your
arrest is and then they can tell you the legal procedure
that you should follow.

Your consulate can also provide a lawyer who will tell you
what is happening, tell you what your best options are, and
advise you about what to do.  Your consulate can also get in
touch with your loved ones and make arrangements for them to
visit you.

Have You Been Physically or Psychologically Abused?

If you have been either physically or psychologically abused
you should tell both your consulate representative and your
attorney about the abuse.  Give them as much detail as you
can.  Also, if possible, you should alert international
human rights organizations about the abuse.

Call Home

Make as many efforts as are necessary to call the members of
your family.  When you speak to them do not down play what is
happening.  The better they understand what has happened and
the more they know the more help they can get from your
representatives in congress as well as the media.

The actions they take at home can compel the government
that's in power where you were arrested to hasten actions
that will be able to help you to be released as quickly as

Next, if you don't want to even consider the possibility of
being arrested in a foreign country and would prefer to
enjoy your vacations much closer to home you may want to
just hang around in your backyard or patio.

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