If you are arrested it’s important to understand the criminal justice process and what your rights are. You’ve been arrested if the police have you in custody and you are not able to leave. You will be advised by the officer that you are under arrest as opposed to being detained for questioning.
The police will take you to the precinct’s jail or detention facility where you will be asked basic information such as your name, address, and birth date. You will be photographed, fingerprinted, and entered into the system.
If the police wish to question you further, they will need to read you the Miranda Warnings. The Miranda Warnings advise you of your right to remain silent, your right to an attorney and your right not to incriminate yourself.
Depending on which state you are in, you will go to court within 48 to 72 hours. The judge will tell you what the charge is against you in the arraignment proceedings at which point you will respond to the charges with either guilty, not guilty or no contest. At the arraignment, you will be able to ask for a lawyer to represent you if you can’t afford one.
In some cases, you may be able to pay for a bond to get out of jail after the arraignment process. The bond is your promise to attend future court dates related to your arrest. If you don’t appear in court, you can be arrested for violating your bail conditions.