What Can The Police Arrest You For at a Protest?

June 19, 2022

You have the right to free expression under the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment and the California Code. This right includes:

On the other hand, the police and the law place specific restrictions on people’s rights to free expression. Even if you believe that your protest or expressive activities are lawful, the police may consider them unlawful and arrest you for:

What Should I Do If I Get Arrested at a Protest?

Reach Out to an Experienced Santa Barbara Criminal Defense Lawyer Now

Following the law when protesting does not guarantee that the police will not arrest you. In fact, the police usually conduct mass arrests during large protests. But in such cases, prosecutors typically drop the charges after you’ve been detained for a day or two, and they usually don’t file charges.

Whether or not you have committed a crime, you still have essential constitutional rights, such as the right to have your attorney present when the police are questioning you. In addition, if the police held you in deplorable conditions or did not release you within the deadline, you should talk to an attorney about filing a claim against them. Likewise, if you are facing criminal charges for protesting, you should discuss your case with a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.

The Santa Barbara criminal defense lawyer of Bamieh & De Smeth knows what it takes to protect your legal rights and pursue the dismissal of the charges against you if your constitutional rights were violated by the police. You can arrange your free case review by calling 805-643-5555 or reaching us online.