If you’re taken into police custody, you’re under arrest. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to be charged with a crime, but you’re not free to leave.
What Happens If You’re Taken Into Custody
You might be released in 10 minutes and free to leave, or you might be transported to jail where you can either post a bail bond or await a bail hearing in front of a judge. You can be held for up to 33 days without charges. Once charged, a first appearance hearing before a judge must be held within 24 hours.
Exercise Your Right to Remain Silent
You have the right to remain silent during your arrest and detention. Exercising that right is the most important thing you can do for your case when you’re in custody. Anything you say might be used against you. Don’t give a statement or any type of a confession. Remain calm, and do not say anything. Remember that all calls from a jail are recorded and could be used against you in the prosecution of your case.
Contact an Attorney
You also have the right to an attorney. Once you advise law enforcement that you want an attorney, the law doesn’t permit them to question you any further. Exercise this right immediately. If police continue to question you, tell them again that you want to have your attorney present.
Arrange for Bond If Necessary
A bail bond arrangement isn’t made for you. If you go to a hearing, be polite and respectful. Give truthful answers to any questions, particularly about any prior arrests or any failures to appear in court in the past.
Call Khonsari Law Group
When you exercise your right to an attorney, you or somebody close to you needs to call us at Khonsari Law Group. Somebody on your behalf can also use our online contact form. The police and prosecution are already building a case against you. Start building your defense immediately with the lawyers you can trust. When your freedom and future are at stake, call the Khonsari Law Group at (727) 269-5300 or contact us online. Be sure to remember these things if you’re taken into police custody.