If you know someone who’s been arrested before, then you understand the process can be very stressful. While it may feel like the end of the world, you can still take back some control. Here are three steps to take once you’ve been arrested.
Step #1: Call Your Attorney
While it may be tempting to talk to all your friends and family members first, you need to get someone in your corner. Contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. With an attorney on hand, your legal process will go much smoother.
Step #2: Contact a Bail Bondsman
Once you have a court appearance scheduled, contact a bail bondsman. Many people forget this step until after the bail price has been set. However, if you bring a bondsman with you to your court appearance, you can arrange things so you will have little to no jail time before your trial. This reduces or prevents entirely the strain of spending time in jail.
Step #3: Write Down Everything
While your attorney will help you organize court appearances, arriving on time is ultimately up to you. Write down the location, address, date, and time of every scheduled court appearance you have. Arrange your time off work and get someone you trust to drive you to each court appearance. You’d be surprised how important it is to have someone to support you when appearing in court.