What to Do If You Think That You May Be Arrested
This brief guide will give you some steps to take if you think that you may be arrested soon.
Quick What to DoIf you have reason to believe that your arrest for a criminal offense is imminent, there are several things that may make this difficult time more manageable. Call an experienced criminal defense attorney in the jurisdiction where you believe that you may be arrested. This is essential. An experienced criminal defense attorney can inform you what the steps in the process will be. Do not go through this alone.
How An Attorney May HelpAn attorney may be able to contact law enforcement for you. This is important to possibly head off any charges, to have law enforcement request a lower bond, and to possibly give you an opportunity to turn yourself in. You do not want to be arrested at work or in front of your family.
An attorney may be able to put you in touch with a reliable bonding company. This is important to minimize your time in custody.
If you are unable to make bond as set by the Court, an attorney can ask for a bond reduction hearing. You do not want to wait in jail until your trial date, which is some jurisdictions may take years.
An attorney can handle any preliminary matters in a timely fashion. The time to request certain hearings begins upon arrest. An attorney can protect these rights.