Arrests happen every single day throughout the United States. In fact, it's very likely that you or something that you know may get arrested throughout your lifetime. Understanding what happens after an arrest takes place can assist you in better navigating an ideal outcome if it happens to you.
1. You Will Be Taken Into Custody
Many people are familiar with cops responding to the scene of a crime and arresting the person they believe is violating the law. This is considered an arrest with probable cause that you violated the law. This is not the only way that you can be taken into custody.
Arrest warrants are a result of an indictment by a grand jury or issued by a judge or magistrate based on viable information. When an arrest warrant is granted, you will be notified. You may turn yourself into the custody of the police, or the police may come to your location and arrest you.
2. The Officer Will Read Your Miranda Rights
Whether you're getting arrested for a DUI or some other offense, the arresting officer must inform you of your constitutional rights. These are formally known as your Miranda Rights. Some common rights include:
To Remain Silent
Consult A Lawyer / Have One Appointed To You
3. Body Search And Belongings Inventory
Upon your arrest, you'll be patted down by the officer to feel for any concealed weapons. They will do an entire body search to identify any contraband, evidence, or stolen items that may be in your possession. Any items that are found will be inventoried and placed into safekeeping. You must sign the inventory the officer provides that lists all of your items. However, your Richmond criminal defense attorney will tell you to verify all the items are correct. If there is anything missing or items you don't recognize on the inventory, do not sign it.
This is a process where you'll be asked to identify basic information like your birthdate. Expect to be fingerprinted and photographed. Your case information will be handed off to the prosecutor to determine what they want to do with the charges. They can be dropped, changed, or supplemented.
You'll be officially brought before a judge to hear the charge against you. You'll be asked to give a plea. These options are guilty, not guilty, and no contest. It's best to seek the help of a Richmond criminal defense attorney before submitting a plea. The judge will decide if you may leave custody after arraignment by allowing you to post bail or if you'll be held without bail until your court hearing.
If you or a family member has been arrested for a DUI or other offense, it's time to call Vaughan C. Jones, Attorney at Law. He specializes in criminal defense and can assist you in getting the best outcome from your case.