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What to expect during the arrest process

An arrest is a serious issue and can impact the rest of your life in many ways. The arrest process can be overwhelming, especially if you have never been arrested before. The police are required to follow certain legal procedures when they arrest someone.

What can you expect if you are arrested? When the police arrest you, they are required to inform you about your Miranda rights, which protect you from self-incriminating yourself during the arrest process. You are probably familiar with the phrase that starts with “You have the right to remain silent…” It is important to understand that you do, in fact, have the right to not say anything during your arrest.

Equally important is the fact that you have the right to contact an attorney. Take advantage of this and hire a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer will speak for you and make sure all options are explored to prevent or minimize the consequences of your arrest.

What to expect during your arrest

Understanding the arrest process can help you protect your rights because you will know what to expect instead of being pushed through the system with no idea of what comes next. Here is a list of what you can expect to happen if you are arrested:

  • The police may frisk you or do a “pat-down” to see if you are concealing a weapon or anything else. After an arrest, you may receive a search of your entire body and surroundings to check for evidence. This includes the police searching your vehicle or taking possession of it.
  • The police will take any money or personal property on your during an arrest, which you will receive back after you are released from custody.
  • After an arrest, you are booked. You will be finger printed and photographed. The police will also ask basic information about you. In some cases, you may take part in a lineup or provide a handwriting sample.
  • Your arraignment is next where you can enter a guilty, not guilty or no contest plea.
  • You may be eligible for bail, which requires you to pay the court to ensure you will show up to your court appearances. If you fail for show up for any future court appearances, you do not receive your bail money back and a warrant for your arrest will be issued.

Why you need to contact an attorney

The arrest process can be intimidating. However, learning about the arrest process and what you can expect to happen can ease your fears and make the process easier to understand.

If you are ever under arrest, it is important to contact a criminal defense attorney right away to protect your rights. A lawyer can help you prepare for your booking and start exploring your options in your case.

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