Being arrested in Columbia, MO usually gets you a quick trip to the county jail, which is about four miles north of downtown.
Boone County Jail
2121 County Drive
Columbia, MO 65202
Once you are arrested
Understanding your rights and getting legal representation quickly are two of the most important things in an arrest situation. Here are some mistakes to avoid to help limit the impact this situation is going to have on you.
Don't fight the police. Don't even touch them.
Touching a police officer can be turned into a battery charge very quickly. Just ask for your lawyer and go quietly. It does not matter at this point if you can afford one. The important part is to ask for one.
Don't keep talking.
Officers in the Columbia, MO police department and Missouri State Troopers are trained to ask questions to help understand what happened. In many cases, this helps the officers piece together a legal case against you and others.
Beyond identifying yourself and your address, it's usually best to keep silent. To help minimize the legal impact to you and your family, it's usually best to ask for your lawyer and then let the officer know you intend to stop talking. This act of stating that you'd like to remain silence is a pro-active step letting the officer know you are not consenting to further talk.
Sometimes, officers will keep asking questions, even after you've told them you'd like your lawyer and that you intend to remain silent. You can remind them of these two things, but don't answer their questions from that point forward.
Also, don't start asking questions. If you do, you'll wind up back in a conversation and everything you happen to say might be used against you in legal proceedings. The officer may assume you've now waived your right to remain silent.
Chit Chatting in Jail - Don't do it
Many places in jail are wired to sound and video recording devices. Don't talk to other people in jail about anything if you can help it. Definitely don't talk about your current arrest nor about what happened earlier in the day. Even talking in a rudimentary code, or to yourself, can prove detrimental to mounting a legal defense.
Don't explain what happened on your phone call to family
If you reach out to family to help arrange for a lawyer, don't talk about what happened in any detail. The call may be recorded and used in court.
If you are released right away, then contact your lawyer right away to get some council about your situation. If you are brought before a judge, you should consider asking for your attorney before answering any questions.
Whatever your legal challenge, we will listen to your concerns and answer your questions about likely outcomes and consequences.
We deal with arrest situations in Columbia, MO. Contact Holder Susan Slusher, LLC today for a free consultation or case review. Bogdan Susan manages our criminal and injury area of the practice. While we are based in Columbia, MO across the street from the Boone County Court House, we help clients in several parts of Missouri.
The information on this web page does not provide legal advice and does not create an attorney- client relationship. If you believe you need legal advice, please contact an attorney directly.