Arrested for a Crime? Here’s what you need to do now.
What to do if you have been arrested for a crime. If you are being investigated for a crime, but haven’t yet been arrested for a crime, the answer is simple: Don’t say a word. The fifth amendment to the constitution gives you the right to remain silent, and the advice you’ve heard on TV and in movies from lawyers is always the same: don’t talk. That means don’t talk about the case with the police, don’t talk about it with third parties, don’t talk about it on the television, radio, or news media. Only conversations with an attorney are covered by the attorney client privilege.
What to do if you have been arrested, first.
If you’ve been arrested for a crime, you’ll need and want to do the following:
- Write down everything you remember;
- Make sure you keep your court date calendared, and your release documents saved for use before your court date;
- Get the contact information of any witnesses or get any documents, that might help your case, now.
- Do NOT make any statements about the case, the charges, or your guilt, to law enforcement.
What to do if you have been arrested about bail.
You may need to arrange for bail. Bail can be posted by you or your loved ones, or by any bail bond company that services Orange County.
What to do if you have been arrested – Get a lawyer.
You can get a lawyer by contacting us to represent you. Or you can choose anyone to represent you, or you can get a public defender (if you financially qualify), or you can represent yourself, which is never wise. So, your options come down the following three choices.
- Represent Yourself As Your Own Lawyer. You’ve heard the famous saying, “the one who represents himself has a fool for a lawyer.” And the judge will be the first one to try to talk you out of representing yourself. Judges are required to do so so that you know what a bad idea it is before you make the decision In Orange County Superior Courts, the courts will require you to fill out a “Faretta Waiver”, a document that explains that you will be held to the same standard as a trained attorney, and then will inquire that you know basic procedure for criminal cases (i.e., who prosecutes what, what your rights at trial are, and basic terminology.
- Apply for a public defender. While many people will distinguish public defenders from “a real lawyer”, public defenders are members of the state bar, are fully sworn lawyers, and have training in criminal defense, motions, and strategy. The main problem with a public defender is not that they are not lawyers – let me make very clear that they are. However, in Orange County Courts, the Public Defender’s Office has in some cases 40-50 cases per day, which makes it difficult to spend time on any one case, and provides an incentive, in my opinion, to try to settle or get cases to plead guilty early.
- Have a private lawyer professionally represent you. But how do you get a good lawyer? A lawyer should do criminal defense, should practice in Orange County courts, and should not have any state bar discipline of any kind. Communication is at the heart of the attorney-client relationship, so the way they communicate is also important and should be noted.
What to do if you have been arrested -Contact Our Firm Today
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