Arrested? Here's What to Do
Arrests can happen suddenly and to anyone police believe is breaking the law. During the time of the arrest, you may feel terrified, stressed, and ungrounded. It can be hard to determine what to do when you are unfamiliar with the arrest process or what your rights are in that situation. At Koffel Brininger Nesbitt, we want to help you during this stressful time. If you have been arrested in Richland County, here are some things you should do.
It can be difficult to bite your tongue or contain your anger, especially if you believe your arrest was unwarranted. However, losing your temper or talking back to the police officer will not help the situation. Remain calm and have the officer explain the charges against you. If you were wrongfully arrested, you can bring it up in court or file for damages against authorities. However, politeness can diffuse a potentially volatile situation.
Hire an Attorney
Under the Miranda rights, you have the right to an attorney. It is important that you call a criminal defense lawyer right away. After an arrest, you are allowed a phone call. Use it to enlist an attorney or call a trusted family member or friend to seek representation for you. Do not answer questions or agree to an interview without having a lawyer present. They can advise you on how to proceed and protect your best interests.
Request Bond or Bail
After your initial hearing, you should ask your judge to set bail for your case. Bail refers to a determined sum of money that you must pay to promise you will show up for your court date. In some cases, the judge may include additional conditions.
Figure Out a Plan of Action
Your meetings with your lawyer are completely confidential. You can tell them what happened and they will help you devise a strategy for your case. In order to prove your innocence, you will need evidence. Your attorney can help examine the situation and find any inconsistencies in the officer’s accusations.
If you were arrested in Richland County, it is important you seek legal help immediately. Our criminal defense attorneys understand the nuances of the law. We work to help our clients obtain the best outcome possible. Call today for a consultation.
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