You’ve Been Arrested, Now What? by Haley Smith

While no one would ever choose to be arrested, it is smart to be prepared in the event you find yourself in such a situation.

Once an officer informs you that you are under arrest, remain silent and inform the officer that you will not answer any questions until you have spoken to your attorney. It is a good idea to have your family and attorney’s numbers memorized in the event you need to make a phone call to them but do not have access to your cell phone.

You will be held until the judge can see you for your initial appearance. During this time, between your arrest and appearance, do not answer any questions or make any statements because any words you say can be used against you later in your case.

If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, the judge will ask you to plead guilty or not guilty. In the event that you have not spoken to an attorney, enter into a non-guilty plea. If you are charged with a felony or if you enter a non-guilty plea for a misdemeanor, the judge will proceed with setting your bail amount and scheduling your next court date to appear. In the event you have not spoken to an attorney yet – now is the time reach out. If you are able to post bail you will be released until your next court date.

The time between your release and your next court date is crucial. This is the time to hire an attorney, plan out the steps of your case, and assure that your rights are being protected. For more information about how our attorneys can defend you, call us at 615-807-1240.

Post Authored by Haley Smith