The Process Of An Arrest
“If you have ever been arrested, you know that it can be a long and scary process.”
If you have ever been arrested, you know that it can be a long and scary process. If you have never been arrested, it can make that process even worse. In this article, we discuss what happens during the process of an arrest so you have an idea of what to expect.
Immediately after your arrest, you should expect to be read your Miranda Rights if the police plan on questioning you. If you aren’t going to be questioned, you may not go through this process. If you do, you must remember that anything you say or do can and will be held against you in court, so tread lightly. It is best to stay silent until you can talk to a lawyer.
The next step is processing, which occurs at the jail of whatever city your alleged violation was committed. After you are transported to the county jail, you will enter an area in which you are searched, clothes are changed, fingerprints are taken, a quick medical and mental health analysis is done, and you may be interviewed to help set your bail. One of the most important things to know is that this process can be long, especially if the jail is busy. Sometimes it can take anywhere between 8-12 hours to be fully processed. If you have never been to jail before, this can be scary, but remember to remain calm and keep quiet until you can talk to a lawyer.
At this point, you will be assigned a bed and will receive the date for your initial hearing, in which bail will be set if it wasn’t already. Your first court date will be short and straight to the point. You will be made aware of the charges being held against you, and your lawyer will have a chance to argue for a low bail to ensure that you can go home for the duration of the case.
Ability To Post Bail
Depending on your crime, this step may come before the initial hearing. For most cases, you will get a bail amount before seeing the judge, but there are some circumstances such as domestic violence, probation violations, parole violations, and serious crimes that require you to see a judge before receiving a bail amount. Either way, after you receive the dollar amount associated with your bail, you will have the opportunity to call a bondsman and get the process started.
The Next Steps
The next steps in your case are almost entirely dependent on the accused charged, your lawyer, and the prosecution. You could reach a plea bargain, have your charges dropped, have your court dates pushed out while your lawyer and the prosecutor try to come up with a deal, or even find yourself in a situation where you set it for trial. Either way, up until this point, you should expect the process to go as mentioned above. Try to remain calm, do not talk to anyone except your lawyer, and hope for the best.