When you’re under arrest, especially if it’s the first time, it is very scary and nerve-racking. It’s important to stay calm and keep your cool when you’re headed to jail. Be aware of your surroundings and environment, and make mental notes about the actions and conversations around you. Remembering what to do, and not do, will help the experience be as painless and as quickly resolved as possible.

Don’t Run

Never ever run from the police. You could receive harsher punishment later, and your arresting officers will be irritated and far less helpful.

Do Keep Your Mouth Shut

Do not be disrespectful to the officers. Don’t make smart or snide comments, or threaten complaints or retaliation which only angers the officers and makes your arresting experience even worse.

Don’t Go Back For Your Things

If you are arrested outside your home, do not ask the officer to back for keys, phone, etc. Doing this gives the officers permission to follow you and have a look around while they are at it. Leave everything - you won’t need it.

Do Get Information

Glance at your arresting officer’s name, and if you can see it, the badge number. If something goes wrong or your rights are violated, this information will be very important.

Don’t Be Chatty

Once in jail, don’t talk to others around you unless they speak first. Recognize that these people are in the same stressful situation as you, and some may not have the mental health or capacity to deal with it. Starting conversations can sometimes give you more than you bargained for.

Do Remember That Police Are Allowed To Lie

Keep in mind that police are allowed to lie to you in order to get you to admit information. Never give more information than you must, no matter what the police say.