An arrest for a crime can take you by surprise. You could be at work or at home and then find yourself in the back of squad car in handcuffs. Whether you’ve been arrested for a felony or a traffic ticket, do you know how to protect your rights? Do you know what to do? The first thing you should do is to ask for a lawyer.
A Lawyer Can Protect You
Once you’re arrested and arrive at the police station, law enforcement will want to question you. Under the Fifth Amendment, you have the right to remain silent. You also have the right to counsel. Don’t feel intimidated by the police and assert your rights, even if law enforcement promises to go easy on you if you talk. It’s important to realize that anything you say can be used against you. You may even unwittingly say something incriminating. Don’t volunteer any information and wait for your attorney to arrive.
The Process After Your Arrest
After your arrest, you’ll be booked, fingerprinted, photographed and put in a holding cell until your appearance before a judge. You may be asked if you plead guilty or innocent. Bail and bond may be available. You may have funds or property to put up bail for release until your court date. A bondsman posts a bond with the court. If you don’t show up for your court date, the bondsman will seek the lost amount. The court date is known as an arraignment hearing. The charges will be read, and your attorney will assist you in what plea to enter. From there, you may be offered a plea bargain from the prosecutor or the case may go to trial.
If you’re arrested, turn to attorney Colleen Glenn for legal help. Attorney Colleen Glenn partners with attorney Andrew Hibbert and defends clients charged with crimes in Sarasota and surrounding areas. She will help you navigate the complex criminal justice system and protect your rights throughout the process. From arrest and arraignment to pre-trial and trial, she is a powerful advocate and strives for the best outcome. Her successes include a dismissal of charges, parole rather than jail and shorter sentencing. Whatever you do, don’t go it alone. Let attorney Colleen Glenn attain the best outcome.