I've Been Arrested. What Happens Next?
What You Should Do After an Arrest
If you've been arrested, the first thing you need to know is that you have rights. Far too often, arrestees will not utilize their right to remain silent, and their testimony is used against them in court. If you've been arrested, take advantage of your right to remain silent and don't answer any questions. Peace officers are required by law to explain your Miranda rights to you during an arrest. The right to remain silent is part of your Miranda Rights. Another facet of your rights after an arrest is the right to legal representation. This is where our firm comes in.
You have the right to legal representation, which is absolutely one of the first things you should do after an arrest. If you cannot afford an attorney, or you do not know who to contact, you will be appointed an attorney. This is not usually the best option. If a public defender is assigned to your case, chances are that they will have many other cases on their plates at the same time, meaning less of their attention can be focused on your case. Contact an attorney from our firm so that we can provide you with the legal counsel you need when facing criminal allegations.
After utilizing your right to remain silent and your right to legal counsel, one of the first things that will happen after your arrest is that you will appear before a judge, who will decide if there is enough evidence to charge you with a crime. One of the next things that will happen is that a judge will formally read the charges that are against you, and ask you how you plea, with which you will respond "guilty" or "not guilty." If you need a criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles to walk you through the process after your arrest, contact Martinian & Associates today.