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I’ve been arrested! What should I do now?

If you have been arrested, it is a good idea to have a trusted defense attorney on your side, such as a lawyer from Ouverson, Guest & Carter, PA.

Upon being arrested, there are certain time-frames and procedures that the prosecution and the court must follow. Typically, the police will advise you of your Miranda rights (the right to remain silent, to have an attorney present during questioning, and so on) at the time of your arrest. Once you are taken into custody, no statements can be used against you unless the police have read you your Miranda rights.

When you have been arrested for breaking a law, the case is taken before a magistrate who may issue a warrant (if necessary) and set a bond for an appearance in court. If you, as the defendant, cannot post the bond – you may be incarcerated pending an appearance in court. If a bond is posted, you can remain free while pending appearance at the arraignment. An arraignment usually occurs within 24 hours of the arrest or on the first date available if the arrest occurred on a weekend or a holiday. The arraignment is held before a judge. During the arraignment, you will be formally informed of what offense you are charged with, advised of your constitutional rights, and of the possible penalties. You will be required to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty, the bond may be reviewed, and a date for your next hearing will be scheduled.

It is your right to remain silent. Regardless of what kind of criminal charge you might face, we have a criminal defense attorney ready to provide your with a firm defense throughout each part of the legal process. The criminal defense lawyer at Ouverson, Guest & Carter offers strong legal representation within the magistrate court, municipal court, and state courts. We are ready to work providing criminal defense for our clients charged with misdemeanors or felonies.

All criminal charges are to be taken seriously, as the repercussions may negatively effect your future, your career opportunities, and your reputation. If you have been accused of a crime, you will need to immediately begin working towards protecting yourself from the uncertain and potentially serious consequences. Jail time, hefty fines, loss of your drivers license, and other penalties can have a lasting effect on your life.