When you are arrested, it can be very scary if you do not know what to do. It is important to take the time to make sure that you protect yourself to ensure that you can better your chances of being released until you go to trial. The following guide walks you through a few of the steps you need to take when you are arrested.
Hire an Attorney
The first thing you need to do is you need to hire an attorney to help advise you about what you should and should not do when it come to questioning. You need to be sure that you do not answer any questions that the police ask you until the attorney arrives. The attorney can help you navigate through the interrogation process so that you do not incriminate yourself.
Choose Who You Call Wisely
When you are in jail, you will get to make one phone call. You need to be sure that you use the call to contact someone who you know will answer the phone. You do not want to risk calling someone who will not help you get out of jail or who will not answer the phone at all.
Have Your Attorney Hire a Bail Bondsman
When you are arrested, you will have to go before a magistrate and he or she will determine if you can be released to wait for your trial out in the world or if they feel that your crime was so heinous that you need to stay incarcerated until the trial. The magistrate will set a specific bond amount that will need to be paid on your behalf before you can be replaced. A bail bondsman will be able to put up the money on your behalf so that you can get out of jail. The bondsman will have stipulations that you will need to agree to before he or she posts bail for you.
Once you are out of jail, you need to meet with your attorney and the bail bonds company on a regular basis. The bondsman may require you to take regular drug tests to ensure that you are not doing anything that you should not be doing while you are out of jail. If you are found to be doing anything illegal, it could cause your bond to be revoked, which will lead to you going back to jail until it is time for you to go to trial.