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What Happens When You are Or get Arrested

Updated on June 19, 2013

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What to Expect after an Arrest

Before I became a Bail Bondsman I had never even known anyone that had been arrested much less a family member or friend. Now a days it seems everyone I know has had a brush with the law, arrested for one thing or another. It is an understatement to say it is an unpleasant experience and although personally I have never gone through it I have heard plenty of slightly varying accounts.

Getting past the obvious of whether you are guilty or not , the fact remains you are being arrested, you are going to jail . The police officer will read you your Miranda Rights which are basically to inform you of your rights as a U.S. citizen. We have all heard them on TV and cop shows.

You have the right to remain silent and to refuse to answer any questions

Whatever you say can and will be used against you in a court of law

You have the right to an attorney

If you can't afford one, one will be appointed to you

If you decide to answer any questions you can still stop at any time until you consult with an attorney

Do you understand these rights and are you willing to answer my questions now ?

You may be asked to sign a document acknowledging you were read your rights.

At this point you are legally being arrested and if the arresting officer hasn't done so yet he/she will now pat you down to make sure you have no drugs or weapons on you , handcuff you , place you in the backseat of a patrol car and take you to the nearest detention facility. Depending on the size of the facility and space availability you will be placed in a holding cell by yourself until they can book you in. Placing you in a cold space the size of your bathroom by yourself is believe it or not for your own protection. This procedure is followed for different reasons . For the one who has had to much to drink it will allow him time to sober up. For the angry or visibly upset and emotional person it will allow time for observation to make sure he / she will not become a threat to himself , staff or others .

Upon booking the booking officer will ask you a list of standard personal questions , photograph you, take fingerprints , gather your belongings to put in your property bag, and hand you your inmate outfit and rubber sandals. Although there may be an officer watching you disrobe ( for females a female officer will be present ) there is none of the feared strip or cavity searches going on here. At this time you will also be allowed a phone call. Like in everything else in life , being courteous and respectful to the correction officers might get you more than one call.

If you were arrested on a warrant and your charge already has a preset bond now is the time to arrange for bail. Whether you call a family member, friend or bail bondsman , it is totally up to you. A local bailbond list and a phone book are normally provided for your convenience. If on the other hand, you were arrested on probable cause, a warrant with no bond or a felony charge you would have to spend the night in jail and then go before a judge in the morning. This hearing is called first appearance and after the judge reads and reviews your arrest form he/she will then set the bail. As before , you can then arrange for bail. Upon booking you would have been provided with your arraignment date, which is usually set for two to three weeks down the line. Make sure you appear at each and every hearing unless advised otherwise by your attorney.

If you or a loved one is arrested make sure to call a bailbondsman and or an attorney for initial free advice.


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      3 years ago

      I do accept as true with all of the concepts you have presented for your post. They’re very convincing and will definitely work. Still, the posts are too quick for beginners. Could you please lengthen them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.

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      5 years ago

      Buddy is right, people think that being arrested means any form of guilt. Heck, being sentenced does not mean 100 percent guilty all the time. (In the sense of the person actually committing a "crime".)

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      6 years ago

      What is wrong with all you people?! Just because you're arrested it doesn't mean you've done anything wrong. Fools.

      I've been arrested multiple times while being innocent.

      Hell on average 3% of the prison population is later found innocent AFTER they've been sentenced and done heavy time.

      Read that again. THREE PERCENT. Fools.

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      7 years ago


    • NateSean profile image


      8 years ago from Salem, MA

      Though well written and entertaining, I desperately hope that none of this information will ever become relevant in the near future.

      I do, however, have experience being sent to a psychiatric ward. Maybe I should write a hub about that...

    • Bail Up ! profile imageAUTHOR

      Bail Up ! 

      8 years ago


      My pleasure to share the bit I know. I have my doubts you will ever be on the wrong side of the law but family and never know! I see it all the time. Thanks for stopping in, I appreciate it.

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      8 years ago from Malaysia

      You do have an interesting job, thanks for sharing.

      At least now I know what to expect if ever I find myself at the wrong side of the law

    • Bail Up ! profile imageAUTHOR

      Bail Up ! 

      8 years ago

      Dave Orange County California

      Getting arrested is not supposed to be a pleasant process. I understand where you are coming from. Plenty times depending on the size of the correctional facility you could potentially spend hours just to get booked in. Some correction officers are indeed standoffish, rude, and will refuse to give you the time of day but not all. Some correction officers do an excellent job fulfilling their responsibility of care custody and control.

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      Dave Orange County California 

      8 years ago

      The reality of being arrested is not what you see on television. The staff at the jail will treat you inhumanely, and process you at their convenience. They will not tell you what is going on, if someone has posted bail, or what will happen next. They probably won't even engage you if you try to talk to them. Phone calls can be made, collect and only to people who subscribe to that collect service. This allows the jail to get a kickback on the excessive rates for that company. A phone list may not be provided. They will manhandle you, and treat you as sub-human. Bail will cost you 10% of the bail amount, which you will not get a refund on, regardless of guilt or innocence. Another time, I'll relate the disconnect in the judicial system from elementary school constitutional teachings and the reality of the self serving court system. If I sound like a disenchanted former patriot, you're very correct.

    • Bail Up ! profile imageAUTHOR

      Bail Up ! 

      8 years ago


      Commit a crime and if caught citizens and non citizens get arrested just the same. The process is exactly the same. Of course depending on the charge bail might be set higher taking Into consideration the flight risk.

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      8 years ago

      what if the person is not a US citizen??

    • Bail Up ! profile imageAUTHOR

      Bail Up ! 

      8 years ago


      Hopefully none of my readers will be arrested but its alwalys better to be prepared and have some general knowledge of the process. Thanks for stopping by.

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      8 years ago from Southern California

      Good information to have in case you are ever arrested. Helps to know the steps that generally occur after you are arrested so that you can be prepared.

    • Bail Up ! profile imageAUTHOR

      Bail Up ! 

      8 years ago


      Lucky you to not have been arrested in as many times as you've been detained. Most people value their time and freedom though, not only is an arrest an inconvenience, and potentially expensive but getting hauled downtown for hours and thrown in a cell with undesirables is not something most people want to experience.

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      8 years ago

      good. i always see people resisting arrest, and i've never been arrested just because i'm always polite to cops. i was wondering what makes people so afraid of arrest.i have been detained about 30 times though by various authorities, which may explain my calm around cops.

    • Bail Up ! profile imageAUTHOR

      Bail Up ! 

      9 years ago

      Yes, it means you have done something unlawful. But I wouldn't worry too much if I were you. You seem like a straight and honest guy :)

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      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      If I get arrested it mean I have some mistake. And I have obey the law. Let's the judge decide I am guilty or not.

    • yberlingieri profile image


      9 years ago from White Plains, NY

      After reading this post I feel good about the possibility of being arrested one day. I am confident that I'm prepared and relieved that I won't have to fret too much about being strip searched.


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