That is a great question that many people find themselves asking when they are arrested or charged. The accusations may have come without any warning, giving suspects little to no time to prepare. From this point out, every minute you have is important and taking the correct steps can be crucial in the final outcome of your case.
As soon as possible, an attorney from the firm should be contacted. Many times what an accused person says in the initial hours after being charged later comes back to harm them. This is an intense and stressful time that can make it challenging to act rationally and use better judgment in what is said to officers. The best rule of thumb is to exercise the right to remain silent. Officers will read you your rights and this is one of them. Legally you do not have to continue answering their questions that are part of the interrogation process.
The initial arrest is when you are no longer able to leave but are under the custody of the officer. Once you have been taken in to custody and read your rights, you will then be taken to jail and booked. Booking involves fingerprinting, confiscation of any items a person has on them at the time, recording the alleged crime, giving personal information and actually being placed into a holding cell.
Bail can then be set in some cases where a person is eligible or requires a monetary amount to be established before they are able to be released. Under the Constitution, bail is to not be excessive but since this can be somewhat vague terms, bail is still often high for those arrested. To post bail, a suspect may pay the amount directly, get a bail bond or sign a document that they are being released on their own recognizance and promise to return on their court date.
The arraignment process will follow and it is during this time that a person is formerly read their charges and asked what how they plead. The bail amount will also be looked at to determine if it is fit for the situation and the date of the next court proceeding will be announced. Under the law, you have the right to a speedy trial so the next steps should begin not long after the arraignment. A case can be handled in the different courts in the state.
This is only the beginning of a case and defense will need to start from day one. Investigation should be done to find all evidence that works in your favor and either establishes your innocence or grounds for charges to be reduced. Speak with an attorney from Worsham Law Firm to begin protecting your future from any penalties of a conviction.