If you have been arrested, you can contact a Mercer County criminal defense lawyer to represent you. Our firm understands that the arrest procedure can be scary, especially if this is your first contact with the criminal justice system. The process can seem long and drawn out, but an explanation of what to expect can ease your mind during this process.
Step-by-Step Overview of the Arrest Process
When you are taking into custody, the following will generally occur:
- Filing the charging document and
- Initial appearance before a judge.
You will probably not know that you are going to be arrested and will not be prepared. Many of our clients contact us only after an arrest so that a Mercer County criminal defense lawyer can represent them. However, in some cases, you have been the subject of an ongoing investigation and are aware that you could be facing criminal charges. As such, you might have retained an attorney in order to protect your rights.
After you are arrested, you will be transported to the local jail and booked into custody. Booking means that you are identified, fingerprinted, and photographed so that the arrest is on record. An intake officer will ask you questions about your name, nationality, immigration status, residence, health, work location, and relatives or friends. They will also look for information about your criminal history. You will be charged by either the prosecutor or the arresting officer. In some locations, booking occurs at a central facility, and then you are transferred to the jail. However, you might not go through booking if you received a traffic citation or were charged with a relatively minor offense.
Release on Bail
The court will also assess your appropriateness for release on bail either during booking or at the courthouse. In some cases, you might be eligible for release on your own recognizance, which means that you do not have to pay bail. Our New Jersey criminal defense attorneys can provide you with additional information on the typical requirements of qualifying for release on bail.
Contact Our Mercer County Criminal Defense Lawyer
You can reach our New Jersey criminal defense attorneys at the offices of Anderl & Oakley, P.C. at 609-921-1755 for assistance with your case.