What To Do After An Arrest

Few things shake up a person's world more than being arrested. This may be your first brush with the law. You may know very little about the criminal justice system in Oklahoma. Now is your chance to empower yourself with knowledge about the process and more. Here are some tips about what to do after being arrested on a criminal charge:

Understand The Process

This is challenging, because the process differs depending on the county you were arrested in, whether you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges, and whether you are facing state or federal charges.

Your first step will typically be an initial appearance, where bond or bail is set. From there, you may go through a series of appearances, including the preliminary hearing conference, the preliminary hearing, the arraignment, and trial. There may also be motion hearings. What is important to understand is that every step offers a new opportunity, and it can be helpful to have an attorney by your side to take advantage of each one and protect your rights.

Maintain Your Composure

You may be angry. You may feel that you were wrongfully accused or that you have been mistreated. You may feel that you are not being allowed to tell your side of the story. Regardless of what is happening, it is important that you maintain your composure through every stage of the process. Do not lash out. Do not yell. Do not talk back. Actions such as these only hurt and never help. Having a lawyer can help to ensure that your voice is heard.

Be Careful Who You Talk To

Remember that you have the right to remain silent. You do not have to talk to the police. You do not have to talk to prosecutors. Be careful if you do so, because anything you say can be turned around to work against you. You may also want to be careful when discussing your case with friends, family members, and others. You never know who is listening or who will be called as a witness to testify against you. Be aware that phone calls from jail are monitored. An attorney will provide you guidance on what to say and when so you do not incriminate yourself or damage your case in any way.

Contact An Experienced Lawyer Immediately

The sooner you get in touch with an experienced lawyer, the better. At Smalley Law Firm in Norman, we are prepared to begin work immediately. We will represent you at or after an arrest, during your initial appearance, and all the way through trial.

We work actively during the early stages of a case for early resolution. We may be able to have evidence thrown out, have your case dismissed, or reach a positive outcome before or at the initial appearance, given the opportunity to do so. Even if that is not an option, our early intervention allows us to begin building your criminal defense strategy right away and to create a solid foundation on which to take on the prosecution. Do not let them get a head start.

Call 405-322-5653 or send an email today.