From suffragettes to civil rights activists, protesters have done a lot to better our country. If you’re planning to join the protests happening across America right now, you should be prepared for the possibility of being arrested. Even peaceful protesters have been detained, so it’s important to do everything you can to prepare. Here’s everything you need to know about staying safe at protests, as well as what you should do if you get arrested.

Bring the Necessary Supplies

Many protests have been attacked with tear gas and rubber bullets at the hands of the police, so you need to keep yourself protected. Wear long sleeves, pants, gloves and a face covering, even if it’s scorching hot outside, to protect your skin from the effects of tear gas. You should also mix bottles of water and baking soda to pour on your face and in your mouth if you’re tear gassed. Baking soda can counteract the acid in the tear gas and immediately relieve some of the pain. Lastly, pack more water than you think you’ll need. Volunteers typically bring packages of water to protests, but be sure to bring your own just in case.

Know Your Rights

As an American citizen, you have the right to peacefully assemble and protest. Peaceful protests are protected by the first amendment right to freedom of speech, and any officer who arrests or uses force against protesters is in direct violation of this right. If you’re arrested, you can and should choose to remain silent until your attorney is present. If you can’t afford to hire a private attorney, the court has to provide you with a public defender. Speak with your attorney after being arrested to make sure your rights are being adhered to by your local law enforcement.

Have A Lawyer and Bondsman’s Number

All your personal belongings will be withheld as evidence if you’re arrested, which is why you should write any important phone numbers on your arm in permanent marker. Find the numbers of an attorney and a bondsman who are willing to help protestors and write them on your arm so you can reference them if you need to make phone calls from jail. If you don’t have the numbers of your emergency contacts memorized, write them down as well. Most jails will allow arrestees to make as many calls as they have to, so keep any important phone numbers written on your skin. 

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At ABC Bail Bonds, our bondsmen work hard to help defendants get bailed out so they can return to their lives after an arrest. If you’ve been arrested for protesting, we’ll do everything we can to bail you out right away. If you can’t afford your bail, let us know so we can set up a payment plan based on your income. ABC Bail Bonds is available 24/7 to help you when you need it. Call or visit our website to get in touch with an experienced bail bondsman today!