I’ve Been Arrested, Now What?
Getting arrested can be a frightening and intimidating experience, whether it is your first arrest or whether you’ve been a suspect before. But although it is an emotionally charged experience, it is important to conduct yourself appropriately with police, which still insisting that your rights are given the attention they deserve,
What to Expect
After your arrest, you will be booked at a jail facility. In some cases you will be released with bond, but If you are unable to pay, or if the offense is unbondable , such as a probation violation, a domestic violence charge or is the result of a bench warrant issued by a judge or held pending a hearing within 24 hours. This is the first appearance before a judge
First hearings and bond hearings are designed to give suspects a better idea of the charges against them the judge will advise the defendant and determine whether the police had probable cause for arrest. The Florida Pre-trial Lawyer will ask for a pre-trial release, and the judge will set up conditions of that release. Character witnesses, such as friends, family and an employer can help the defendant make a better case.
The defendant might be released on their own recognances, be forced to place bail, or may be part of a supervised release program where someone else takes responsibility for the dependent, and the defendant may have to wear an electronic monitoring advice to reduce the risk of missing a future court date. In some cases, a drug court will order that a suspect participate in a treatment program. This may also be part of a pre-trial intervention
In the state of Florida, prosecutors have 30 days to file formal charges with the courts, and in some cases this time frame could be extended to 40 days. During this time there is room for a defense attorney to build a case for the client, and help them prepare for any pre-trial court dates. If formal charges can’t be filed by prosecutors, motions for release of uncharged defendants need to be heard by the court.
Respecting the Process, While Insisting on Your Rights
There’s a lot of different ways an actual arrest can go. Police might claim to have a warrant, or some may try to get you agitated in order to provoke an inappropriate response. It is important to do anything in your power to prevent that from happening. If police claim to have a warrant ask to see it, and demand that they tell you why you are being arrested.
While it’s important to be polite, it’s also important not to say anything that could be construed as incriminating, which could be almost anything. Instead contact the Law Offices of Colleen M Glenn, P.A. and get the appropriate advice on how to move forward.
Hiring the Right Attorney
At your arraignment hearing, the judge should inform you that a public defender and be assigned if you can’t afford an attorney, but it is in your best interest to hire your own lawyer if at all possible. The Law Office of Colleen M Glenn, P.A. works exclusively with criminal defense cases and the firm has earned a good deal of respect for serving Manatee, Sarasota, and Pinellas counties since they opened their doors in 2006. Various forms of payment are accepted, and payment plans can be negotiated in order to meet your needs.
“If you have any questions about any of the pre-trial procedures in Florida, feel free to call us at 941-746-8800”