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What Should I Do If I’m Arrested?

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Being arrested can be a terrifying experience for anyone. When you’ve been arrested it is important to keep a few things in mind. First and foremost, you should speak to an attorney. It is best to choose a lawyer with experience in the area of law necessary. For example, if you have been arrested for DUI, locate an attorney with a specialization in DUI. In many cases, there may be several or more charges against you. This can be properly sorted out by a qualified attorney. Sometimes there may be some charges against you that will be dropped, leaving only one or two of the most severe charges left.

Miranda Warnings

After being arrested you’ll often be read your rights, known as Miranda warnings. Many people think that because they haven’t been read their rights they will automatically get off on a gmail process technicality. In fact, many times the police will not read your rights. This is especially true if they don’t plan on asking you any questions. The important thing to keep in mind is that if you are questioned by police you should respectfully decline to answer until you have a lawyer present. This will protect you from saying anything that could be used against you later on. No matter the crime you’re being accused of, it is helpful to refrain from saying something that could implicate you later, no matter how innocent it may seem at the time. Police may also be able to look at your cell phone.

How Can I Get Out of Jail?

Once arrested you’ll be processed including the taking of photos and fingerprints. After your arrest you’ll be brought in front of a judge for an initial hearing. This is a preliminary hearing to review the charges against you and to set bail. This is an essential hearing because at this point some of the charges against you may be dropped. The amount of your bail will depend on several things including the severity of the crime you’re charged with as well as your previous arrest record. A percentage of bail must be paid before you will be allowed to leave. A bail-bondsman may be available to assist your family in getting you out of jail. Your attorney will be able to represent you at the initial hearing and protect your rights. An experienced lawyer will try to get your charges reduced and your bail lowered whenever possible.

What is the Next Step?

After being charged with a crime and having bail set, you’ll be awaiting trial. It is essential to work with an attorney who will represent you throughout the process. Your attorney will evaluate your case and develop the best possible defense based on the facts of the situation. The law firm will learn as much as they can about your charges including interviewing witnesses, looking at police records, and evaluating evidence. This will help your lawyer find the best way to defend and protect you against the charges.  When arrested, it is important to cooperate with police. Provide answers to factual questions such as your name and address. Avoid any display of anger that can be misconstrued as being uncooperative. Seek professional help as quickly as possible to assist you in working through the situation as quickly and easily as feasible. Your attorney will answer any questions you may have and will let you know what to expect as the case proceeds.

Find Out How Our Criminal Defense Lawyers Can Help You Katz & Phillips, P.A. works to try to keep your record clear and keep you out of jail, or to minimize the possible penalties of serious charges you face. To learn more, call today and speak with an experienced member of our legal team