Getting charged for a crime is a stressful ordeal, be it from the standpoint of a person being arrested or even as their friend or family member. It can be a delicate situation, and saying or doing the wrong things could lead to even bigger problems.
Here are three steps you should take if a friend or family member gets arrested:
Step 1: Maintain control
If a friend or family member is arrested, keep your wits about you. Panicking is unproductive and can get your friend or family member in even deeper trouble. If you are present during the actual arrest, try to follow these steps:
- Calmly and politely ask the police officer the exact charges.
- Ask the officer the name of the police station where your friend or family member will be processed.
- DO NOT try to argue with the police officer. Allow them to carry out their duties as peacefully as possible. Just make sure you get the information you need to be there for your friend or family member. Remember that by antagonizing the authorities, you will likely make things worse for your friend or family member.
If the arrest occurred without you present, try to keep your friend or family member calm over the phone. Get as much useful information as you can to find out their whereabouts and what they’re being charged for. Also, advise them to limit the information they give out to the police, as this can be used against them in a court of law. If you only heard about their arrest and are unable to contact them directly, you can check official police department websites to see if they’ve been processed, what their bail is, and other information.
Step 2: Get in touch with a bail bondsman
Get ahold of a reputable bail bondsman immediately, even before you contact a lawyer. Getting someone out of jail can take some time, as you’ll need to wait for processing and arraignment to be completed before you can post bail. This can take several hours to a few days depending on when and where your friend or family member was arrested.
Having a bondsman on call can speed up the process as they have access to information that most civilians don’t. A reputable bondsman can assist you with contacting the jail, posting bail, and collecting your companion as soon as possible. Some bondsmen may also provide extra services such as personally handling the bond delivery process to make things even faster.
Step 3: Call your lawyer
After contacting a bail bondsman, make sure you call KMH&L Attorneys at Law. We assist clients through a variety of charges, and we’ll make sure that your companion’s freedoms are protected every step of the way. We’ll also give you peace of mind by answering any possible questions you may have.
Our legal experts understand that facing criminal charges is an unsettling time, which is why we try to make all processes as simple as possible.
At KMH&L Attorneys at Law, helping people is our passion. We have made substantial recoveries for clients regarding personal injury, criminal defense, workers’ compensation, family law, and real estate. Let us know how we can assist. Call us today for legal advice.