I was issued a citation in lieu of arrest. It is my first offense. Since I was already given a citation and able to go home, will I be able go home after arraignment or will I be taken to jail and expected to post a bail?
Generally you would not be taken to jail. However, this depends on which court your case is in and what the charges are. If you hire an attorney before your arraignment, your attorney can better answer these questions and may be able to prepare a waiver of your appearance at arraignment and appear on your behalf. Again, each county has its own way of doing things, and your attorney can advise you as to what to expect and how to proceed.
Probably not. If they wanted to lock you up, you wouldn't have received a citation. In all likelihood you will be free pending the resolution of your case. As a first time offender, it often pays to get counsel early. Sometimes it is possible to avoid conviction as a first time offender even if you are guilty and, of course, if you're innocent, it should also be possible to avoid conviction.
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It depends. Some people post bail on a misdemeanor case, only to find themselves back in jail if a felony charge is filed on the same case and the bail increases. When you are arraigned you will find out what you are being charged with (it doesn't have to match what the officer cited you with) and whether any bail is required. You will also be booked and most likely released. Contact an experienced local attorney prior to your arraignment.
You will probably not be taken into custody, as the other attorneys stated, but it will depend in part if the prosecutor who reviews the citation decides whether or not to add charges based on the police reports.
But even if you are not taken into custody, you may be asked to report to an agency that would supervise your release pending resolution of your case. If you hire an attorney before arraignment, it is less likely you will be ordered to undergo pre-trial release supervision. But a number of factors play into this decision, and whether you've retained counsel is only one of them.
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