What Happens After an Arrest?

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If you have been placed under arrest or charged with a crime, it can be difficult to know what to do next or where to turn for help. For most people, this is the first time dealing with this type of situation. Being informed regarding the different stages following an arrest could be beneficial as it will help you know what to expect and could reduce the confusion and fear which could accompany the arrest. Once you are taken into police custody and are not free to leave of your own accord, you are under arrest. Handcuffs or other physical restraints are not necessary; the only thing that is necessary is that the person is under the authority of the police officer. There are several different reasons why a peace officer may place an individual under arrest. The first is that they saw them commit a crime or had reason to believe they committed a crime. Other reasons for an arrest include the issuing of an arrest warrant.

The next stage of the case to expect after an arrest is booking. This takes place at the police station and involves the person's information being processed. First, all of their personal information will be taken down, including their name, birthday, description, and more. Details about the crime the suspect was said to have committed will also be taken down and their record will be searched to see if they were ever previously arrested or convicted. Next, the individual will be fingerprinted and photographed and any personal property will be confiscated. Finally, they will be placed in jail or a holding cell until they are able to post bail.

Bail

In order to be able to leave jail as you wait for your case to be heard in court, the judge may allow you to post bail. There are several different things which will affect the suspect's amount of bail as well as whether bail will be given at all. The individual's criminal history, their ties in the community, the amount of money they have, their family, and their employment, could all affect this issue. If the judge believes that the suspect is a risk to the safety of the community due to the nature of their crime, they may not allow them to post bail. The judge may also refuse bail if they believe the suspect may be a flight risk. If you cannot afford bail, a bail bond could be allowable in your case. The term "released on one's own recognize" means that the judge waives bail as long as they appear in court on the date set.

Do you need a defense attorney?

Having an attorney helping you during this process could prove to be invaluable. As it can be a frightening and confusing situation, it is helpful to have an advocate on your side who understands what is going on. Attorney Ivan O.B. Morse is dedicated to helping clients who have found themselves facing criminal charges. Not only has he been practicing criminal law for over thirty years, but he also worked as a police officer for seven years. Whether you were accused of a drug crime, DUI, assault, sex crime, or theft, you could have confidence knowing that a caring and skilled legal professional is fighting for your rights every step of the way. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with his team to learn how they could help you. They offer a free case evaluation so that you can determine how they could handle your case. Contact a Dublin criminal lawyer to get started.

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