Do you know what to do if you are arrested? What happens after the initial arrest?
You, of course, do not want to find yourself in this situation. Whether you have been arrested in Georgia or Alabama the initial reaction should be the same: remain calm. It may be hard to control emotions and declare your rights in a stressful situation as arrest, but you are entitled to the Miranda Rights and should use them. Here are four key points to remember and follow if you are arrested.
4 Things You Need to Know When Talking to the Police
- Your Legal Rights – While being arrested is difficult and emotionally stressful you have rights, use them! The first thing an officer will do while placing you under arrest is read your Miranda Rights: “You have the right to remain silent” and you also “have the right to an attorney.” There is no need to confess guilt or innocence at your arrest. Simply follow the officer’s request and act in a civil, considerate manner. Acting disrespectful and rude to the arresting officer will only hurt your case in the end.
- Ask for your Lawyer – Next, asking for your attorney or a lawyer is completely in the scope of your rights. As a general rule, once you have asked for your attorney you should not be questioned after that time. At the law firm of Phillips & Sellers, P.C, we can offer guidance and legal representation in your misdemeanor, felony or DUI case in both Georgia and Alabama.
- After the Arrest – There are two types of main types of charges: misdemeanors and felonies. Do not be alarmed and stay calm, acting out will only paint you in a bad light. You will be taken into booking, had fingerprints made, and your photo will be taken. Next, you will wait in a holding cell until your time to appear in front of the judge or magistrate.
- Arraignment and Trial – If you are charged with a crime, you will have an arraignment. An arraignment will usually occur within 72 hours of arrest. At this time, you will be read your charge, the bail amount will be set, and you’re asked to enter a plea: guilty, not guilty, or no contest. Having a trusted legal counsel will help you understand the options, charges, and explain the type of plea you should enter. Moving forward, trial proceedings will take place and a decision will be made whether you are found guilty or not.
So if you find yourself arrested or know someone that has recently been detained, please stay calm and seek the guidance and professional knowledge of Phillips & Sellers, P.C Attorneys at Law.