An Arrest For Suspicion Of 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 have 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 ask for a lawyer.
A Lawyer Can Protect You
Once you’re arrested and you 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. In the stress of the moment, you could unintentionally say something incriminating. Do not 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.
Contact Trusted Defense Attorneys As Soon As Possible After Your Arrest
Attorneys Colleen Glenn and Andrew Hibbert defend clients charged with crimes in Sarasota and surrounding areas. Our experienced defense team will help you navigate the complex criminal justice system and protect your rights throughout the process.
From arrest and arraignment to pretrial and trial, we are powerful advocates who strive for the best outcome. While we do not guarantee the outcome of your anyone’s circumstances, our successes include dismissal of charges, parole rather than jail and shorter sentencing.