What Happens When You Get Arrested

What Happens When You Get Arrested

When you get arrested the police will put handcuffs on you and place you in the back of a police car. They then take you to a local police station in the city or town where you were arrested. If you are being arrested by the State Police, they will take you to their barracks.

Once you get to a police station, depending on the crime alleged, officers will begin the process of booking you, or processing the paperwork for the crime that is alleged against you.

Booking

First, the booking officer will make sure you are not injured or in distress. If you are injured or distressed, this will be addressed with some basic first aid. Officers may also call in a medical professional to administer aid. In some cases they will take you to a hospital for treatment. Rest assured that the police have training to adequately address your medical concerns. Oftentimes spouses, friends, or parents of people taken into custody are worried. Will the police know if a person needs medication or has a serious illness? The police will identify and ensure that any proper treatment or medication is provided during the booking process. 

As part of the booking process, the police will

  • Begin to take your fingerprints.
  • If you are charged with an OUI, you will be given the option to see if your blood-alcohol content is over the legal limit.
  • The booking officer will also take your picture, or your mug shot.

Interrogation

At this point the police may choose to begin an interrogation of a person. Before any interrogation occurs, the person in custody will be issued what are known as Miranda Rights. The police will ask you if you will or will not talk to the police about what is being alleged. The police will either record that statement or video tape it or both. Once they process you, they will then place you in a holding cell, which is a jail cell inside the police station. You will be fed while you are in custody.

Bail

At that point. police will take you to a local courthouse to arraign you before a judge, if the courthouse is open.  If court is not open, you will stay at the police station until you are bailed out by a magistrate. Anytime you are arrested, the police will contact a bail magistrate to determine if you should be bailed out or if bail should even be set. At a minimum, a bail magistrate will charge $50 to determine if you should be bailed.

If the magistrate releases you on some bail or on an amount of bail you can afford, you will be given a form by a magistrate that tells you where and when to show up for your next court date. If the magistrate sets no bail or a bail amount that you cannot afford, the police department will be tasked to take you to court the next day for your arraignment. At that point, the judge will determine what conditions, if any, will be required for your release at your arraignment.

IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE HAVE BEEN ARRESTED, AND YOU NEED AN EXPERIENCED CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER WORKING ON YOUR SIDE TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS, PLEASE CONTACT CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY WILLIAM J. BARABINO.

CALL 781-393-5900 TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR AVAILABLE DEFENSES.

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