We are living in interesting times, to say the least. Since the inauguration of Donald Trump, emotions have run very high, and many people have decided to express themselves by attending protests. And it is quite likely that more protests are in the offing.

While we as citizens have the right to assemble to voice our grievances, there are laws to which you must adhere. So be aware that in certain circumstances, you could be subject to arrest. So if you are planning to participate in a protest, there are few things to keep in mind.

First, the surest way to avoid being arrested is to remain calm and in control of yourself. If you encounter the police, it is best to be polite and follow their directions whenever possible. Also, be cognizant of where you are at all times; as long as you are on public property, your free speech rights are mostly protected. However, if you step into a privately owned building or onto private property, you could be arrested for trespassing.

If you are stopped by an officer and are unsure of his or her intent, ask if it okay for you to move along. If the answer is no and you are about to be arrested, remain calm and acquiesce to the officer’s wishes.

If you are going to a protest, you still want to get home safe. For this reason, you are better off staying on good terms with the police. But if you should be arrested and charged with having engaged in some sort of criminal activity, you could likely use the assistance of a criminal defense attorney. The attorney can inform you of your legal options and help you fight the charges if that is in your best interests.