The Arrest Chronology—The Complete Breakdown

The Arrest Chronology—The Complete Breakdown

No one likes being on the wrong side of the law. However, it’s important to know what the process entails and what rights you have when you’re placed under arrest. After all, bad things happen to good people all the time—it’s important to be prepared.

Let’s take you through the arrest process chronologically:

First step: The search

When the police first approach you, they will make sure that you don’t have a concealed weapon on you. They will then carry out a full-blown search to make sure you don’t have any illegal or unauthorized objects or weapons or stolen items. During this phase, they might also search your car and house, provided they have a valid warrant.

Second step: Interrogation

After the search has taken place (at this point, the police will tell you about your rights—also known as Miranda rights), the police might then ask a couple of basic questions.

This includes personal information such as your date of birth, occupation, address, and age. They might also take fingerprints and photographs. If the case requires it, you may even be asked to present a handwriting sample. After this, the officer may use handcuffs if necessary and take you into custody.

Third step: post-booking

Once the arrest process has come to an end and you’ve been booked, the case will then be handed over to a prosecutor. The prosecutor’s office will then be responsible for making the right decision. At this point, a decision regarding the charges has to be made. You can even request a speedy trial to expedite the process. This means that the prosecutor will have to file your charges within the next 48 hours.

Once the charges have been finalized, the next step is the arraignment. This means that the charges decided by the prosecutor will now be read out in a court. The judge will also ask you whether you plead guilty or not guilty.

Other than those two options, you can also opt to plead ‘no contest.’ In legal terms, this is known as ‘nolo contendere.’ The judge will only accept this plea if it has been made intelligently and voluntarily.

You have rights after being arrested. The most important of these rights is the right to bail. If you’re based in Gainesville, FL, and are looking for bail bond options, get in touch with Lee Calhoun.

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