One of the worst nightmares most people may face in their lives is when they get arrested for something they did or didn’t do. From the moment the police appear until the whole thing is over, you may feel lost and overwhelmed. However, if you know what to expect, you can make it through the arrest more easily.
The process begins with an officer reading your Miranda Rights. It is critical that you listen and understand your rights, including your ability to stay silent when questioned. If your arresting officer does not read your rights to you, the arrest is invalid.
Once you get to the jail, you will be processed and placed in a room where you will wait. Depending on when the judge will become available to meet with you, you will need to stay with the others overnight or over the weekend.
Your meeting with the judge is called an arraignment and is a structured process. Your charges will be read, you will get to plead your case, and the judge will ask some questions. At this point in the meeting, the judge may overturn your case and release you from jail, or the magistrate may put you back into jail after presenting you with a bail amount.
Once you know how much your bail is, you can contact a Lackawanna County bail bonds company. After you or your family have paid the required 10% and associated fees, your agent will contact the court to begin processing your release papers. Once you have the documents in hand, you can leave the jail.
Being arrested is never enjoyable, but you don’t need to be frightened of the experience when you understand the process. Now, from the moment the officer arrests you until you are released, you will know what will expect.