There are several protocols that police must follow after making an arrest. Regardless of your innocence or guilt, you have rights during the arrest process. Understanding these rights now may help you avoid mistakes if law enforcement detains you in the future.
If police have arrested you for DUI, drug possession or another criminal offense, call John L. Corn, Attorney at Law. Dallas DUI attorney John L. Corn will examine the charges against you and build an aggressive defense to protect your interests.
Call us today at 214-528-4529 to schedule a consultation. In the meantime, read on to find out what happens after an arrest in Texas:
- Miranda Rights
According to the U.S. Constitution, police must read your Miranda Rights during an arrest. The officer will state your right to remain silent, and that the prosecution may use anything you say against you in court. The arresting officer must also state your right to an attorney, and that if you cannot afford one, a lawyer can be appointed.
Officers will then book you at a police station. During this process, they will remove your possessions, search you, and take photographs and fingerprints. At this stage, you may also learn of a potential court date and receive bail information.
According to the Code of Criminal Procedure, you must appear before a judge within 48 hours, unless police arrested you over a weekend. Once the booking process is complete, you will have the opportunity to make a phone call.
Under certain circumstances, you may be eligible to pay bail in exchange for your release until your specified court date. You must pay cash, or issue a personal or surety bond.
A personal bond is a sworn statement that you will appear in court, and you must pay a fee of either 3 percent of the total bond, or $20. A bondsperson typically handles the surety bond, and he or she will post the bail amount after you agree to a fee.
- Appearing in Court
The law requires that you appear in a specific court, on a predetermined date, depending on the nature of your charges. You may need to appear in a county court for a misdemeanor, or district court if the state accuses you of committing a felony.
If you commit a serious crime, then you may need to appear before a grand jury. A criminal attorney will provide support, protect your rights and help you avoid mistakes during this process.
If you are facing criminal charges in the state of Texas, call Dallas DWI lawyer John L. Corn, Attorney at Law. Mr. Corn will evaluate the charges and construct a defense strategy based on your unique circumstances.
With the right approach, it may be possible to convince the court to reduce the charges or penalties, or to dismiss the charges altogether. To schedule a consultation with John L. Corn, Attorney at Law, call 214-528-4529.