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What to Do If Your Loved One Is Arrested
Finding out that a friend or loved one has been arrested is a huge shock and definitely not something anyone wants to deal with. However, when this happens your loved is counting on you for help. If someone you care about is in jail, follow these steps to ensure their legal rights are fully protected.
You first need to ask your loved one where they are being held and the name of the police agency. If they don’t know, ask the police offer. Find out what the charges are but do not let your loved one explain the situation. The conversation may be recorded for later use and held against your loved one.
Tell your loved one to stay silent
Your loved one needs to “plead the fifth” and stay silent. They should not make any statements or take any tests without the presence of a qualified attorney. Additionally, tell the police officer or detective not question your loved one until an attorney arrives. Write down the time you made this request.
Document everything that happens
Write down all the important information you gather from the time you are informed of the arrest and beyond. This won’t only help you keep things straight during this stressful and overwhelming time, but it can help your criminal defense attorney protect and maximize your legal rights.
Find a qualified defense attorney
The first thing you will want to do is get your loved one out of jail, but it’s important to find a criminal defense attorney who can protect their legal interests and assist in the release process. Give the attorney as much information as you can about the arrest the charges made. Ask the attorney to call the police agency and prohibit any officers from questioning your loved one. Contact us to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Pay the jail bond
In most cases, a judge will set a bond shortly after the arrest. A bond is a monetary guarantee that your loved one will appear in court in exchange for their release from initial holding. The amount is usually based on the type of charges brought against your loved one and personal circumstances. These include previous convictions, employment and community ties.
It’s important to show your support for your loved one throughout this difficult time. Call an attorney from Jason White & Associates to help you provide this support. We will help you figure out what future steps need to be taken.