When people come to us for information, they often want to know about the aftermath of a criminal case. They want to know what penalties you could face for felonies and misdemeanors in any given state. But what if you’ve just found out there’s a warrant for your arrest, and you could be arrested at any time?
That’s a stressful situation, which is why we’re offering a few tips to help you get through this scary experience.
Don’t Wait Around for the Arrest
An arrest can happen at any time, which could turn out embarrassing for you. You may be on the road, in class, or at home. Now, your peers, coworkers, and even the neighbors know you were arrested. That can be humiliating, even if the charges are dismissed.
You can take a proactive approach, though. Law firms like Schwartz Criminal Defense Firm can arrange your arrest, talking to the police and arranging for a peaceful, discreet arrest. That also gives you time to prepare for your arrest, so the whole process can be as quick and easy as possible.
What Happens when You Arrive
When you arrive at the police station, you’ll be booked, which is a process you may recognize from the movies—with some changes, of course. The police officers will take your fingerprints and mugshots, and they’ll put your personal information into the system.
Once they have the information they need, you’ll be taken to a cell to wait. Even a few hours in a cell can be cold and exhausting, though, so if you have a chance, make sure you’re as comfortable as possible. You may be sitting in the cell with little to do until they post your bail.
Preparing a Bail Bond
Your bail is essentially a promise that you’ll be present for your court date. If you fail to show, you’ll be arrested again, but this time, you won’t receive the bail provided by the bondsman back. Otherwise, your bail money will be given back to you once your court date is finished.
If you know about your arrest warrant, your lawyer may be able to help you arrange your bail. While laws vary between states, your criminal defense lawyer may be able to explain the bail process and make sure you understand what your bail should do.
Be Prepared for Court
Once you’ve made it through your arrest process, it’s time to turn your focus on to your court date. But knowing how to handle your arrest can give you more time to prepare for your criminal trial, too.
If you’re concerned about your court date or your arrest, check out our other articles. We offer some of the information you may need before you go to court.