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I’ve Been Arrested. What’s next?

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Whether the mistake you made was big or small, or maybe you didn’t actually make a mistake at all, you have landed yourself in the back of a police officer’s car where no one wants to land himself. You may be thinking things along the lines of, “What am I going to tell my Mom!” but, you should be thinking things along the lines of, “The 5th amendment says I have the right to remain silent”.

Following an arrest you should need to find a criminal defense attorney to defend your case for you. Criminal defense attorneys are trained in knowing how to handle bad situations and make the most of a difficult case. You can easily find criminal defense attorneys but making a quick search on Google. Keren Goldenberg is a cambridge criminal defense attorney with a great website that gives insight into many different aspects of what she does and how she can help you make the most of a bad situation.

Back to our situation, you are sitting in the back of the police officer’s car and you have just arrived at the police station. What’s next? When they take you inside they will ask for some personally identifying information so they can learn who you are. They do this so they are aware if you have any criminal background or if there are warrants for your arrest. Depending on whether or not your record was clean, they may send you home on a small bail charge or they make keep you overnight to go to court the next day. Always remember the 5th amendment and to remain silent until you have contacted a criminal defense attorney to represent your case.

If they find poor results when they do the background check at the station, you are most likely spending the night in the jail. The following day, they will take you to court where a criminal defense attorney will be able to represent your case and help explain to the judge and the court what happened the following evening.

Criminal defense attorneys are trained to help people out of bad situations. They are tough, and they are ready to fight your battles alongside of you. You should always remember a few things if you ever find yourself in a poor situation. First, you have the right to remain silent under the 5th amendment. Second, you will have to identify yourself when you get to the station. Third, If you are given the option to post a small bail, do it. Fourth, if you are not given a bail settlement, you will have to wait until the next business day until you will be able to appear before the judge and court to hear your case. Fifth, you should always hire a criminal defense attorney to represent you in court.