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What Happens When I Get Arrested?


"I was recently arrested for a crime I didn't commit." It happens to thousands of innocent people every year, and unfortunately, the police don't always get it right. If you are charged with a crime, make sure to remain silent and contact an attorney right away! This is where your criminal defense begins. You will be taken to jail where three things will happen: booking, registration and release.

Booking
Booking is the process of taking information from you. This includes your name, address, date of birth and any other identifying information. It's also where you will be fingerprinted, photographed and asked questions about what happened. You may also sign paperwork to give up certain rights such as the right to a jury trial or being represented by an attorney during questioning.

Registration
When you are arrested for a crime, local law enforcement will take your fingerprints. They will also photograph you and ask for personal information. This includes:
  1. Your name, address, date of birth and other personal information

  2. Fingerprints (and palm prints)

  3. A photo of your face

  4. A copy of your mug shot

  5. A judge will explain your rights, advise you of your charges and set a bond. Your bond can include conditions (i.e. curfew, classes, alcohol monitoring, etc.).

  6. Following registration, you will be allowed to make phone calls and plan to post your bond. Depending on the type of bond set by the magistrate, your bond can be posted by a bail bondsman or, sometimes, an attorney. Once your bond is posted, your release can take anywhere from two to six hours.

Help defend yourself. If you are arrested and charged with a crime, make sure to remain silent and contact an attorney right away.

If you are arrested and charged with a crime, make sure to remain silent. You have the right to an attorney and it is crucial that you exercise it. An attorney can help defend your rights during the investigation process. Do not give statements or answer questions from police officers about your alleged involvement in the crime that led to your arrest.

The criminal justice system is complicated. If you’ve been arrested and charged with a crime, you may be unsure about what to do next. You should immediately contact an attorney at Ashmore & Ashmore Law Firm. who can help protect your rights during this difficult time.



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