Arrest Procedure – Arrest
When You Are Arrested
If you have been arrested, the assistance of skilled criminal defense counsel is vital in order to help you through a terrible experience.
Normally, there is no advance notice that an arrest is impending. The exception to this would be a situation in which the authorities have been watching you for some time.
What Happens Next
Beyond some regional or jurisdictional differences in procedure, the process of arresting and charging a suspect are relatively predictable in most cases. You are taken into custody at the scene and brought to the police station. There you are photographed, fingerprinted and your identity confirmed. If this is not done at the police station, it will take place at another facility or holding area.
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If no bail is posted for you and you are not discharged with a command to appear, your next destination is the courthouse. There you will speak to a representative from a bail bureau who will evaluate whether or not you may be released on your own recognizance. In some cases where the charge against you is inconsequential, you may simply be cited for the offense and required to appear rather than being arrested and booked.
Don’t Face This Alone
If you find yourself in this type of situation, be sure to seek qualified legal counsel immediately.