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What To Do After You’ve Been Arrested

 July 28, 2014  /  Comments Off on What To Do After You’ve Been Arrested

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If you ever find yourself in a situation where you have been arrested, there are steps you can take to get out of jail, protect your rights and prepare for your court date.

The Arrest

You were driving in your car or walking or hanging out on the street and an officer stopped you. Someone or the officer saw you doing something criminal. The officer determined, after a conversation, body search or field sobriety tests, that he had enough information to arrest you. You were cuffed, read your Miranda Rights and shoved into the back of a police car to be taken down to the station for processing and booking. Now what do you do?

What To Do After You've Been Arrested

Call a Relative

After your booking and processing, you are allowed to make a phone call. Call a person you know that will answer the phone. Explain to them what happened, where you are and the date and time of your first court date. Your relative needs to call a lawyer and a bail bondsman for you.

First Court Date

Generally, your first court date will be on the next business day after your arrest. This could mean spending as many as three nights in jail before you see a judge. At this hearing, the judge will explain the charges against you and set your bail, which is the amount of money you need in order to get out of jail before you next court date. Bail is set according to the severity of the crime, your assumed flight risk and the number of times you’ve previously been arrested.

The amounts are typically thousands of dollars. Most individuals and families cannot afford to pay this amount out of pocket, and if you cannot find a way to pay, you will sit in jail until you are found either guilty or innocent, which could take months or even years after your arrest

Bail Bonds

Once the amount of bail has been determined, there are three ways you can pay. You can pay the entire bail amount in cash, which is known as a cash bond, and walk out of jail. When you appear in court, the money is refunded to you or the person that paid your bail. If you choose not to appear in court, the entire amount is forfeited, and an arrest warrant will be issued for you.

There are two other types of bail bonds, including property and surety. A property bond is where the bond is paid with a piece of property, a home or jewelry or something that is equal to the value of your bail. Surety bonds are issued by bail bondsman and are cheaper than either a property or cash bond.

Find a Bail Bondsman

A bondsman will pay your bail for a fee, usually 10 percent of the total amount of your bail. The 10 percent fee is non-refundable. Once the fee is paid, the bail bondsman will go down to the courthouse and pay your bail in full, which allows you to go home and prepare your case with a lawyer. When you appear in court, the bail bondsman gets the entire amount back. If you are ever arrested just remember you are not alone.

Keep these things in mind, stay calm and collected and contact your family, lawyer and local bail bonds expert.

John Keefe is an avid blogger and professional bail bondsman in Oklahoma City, OK. John is passionate about sharing information online through his blogs and provides OKC bail bonds services to his local community.

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  • Published: 3 years ago on July 28, 2014
  • Last Modified: July 28, 2014 @ 6:32 am
  • Filed Under: Finance, Legal

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