What to Do If You Are Arrested in Los Angeles

What to Do If You Are Arrested in Los Angeles

By: Daniel Perlman | June 19, 2024 | Federal Defense
What to do if you are arrested in Los Angeles

If a federal law enforcement agency issues an arrest warrant for you, it can be a stressful experience. Having an arrest warrant issued can make it feel like your world has been turned upside down.

At Perlman Defense Federal Criminal Lawyers, we are here to help you figure out what to do next. Just because the police arrested you does not mean you are guilty.

If you are arrested in Los Angeles or a bench warrant is issued, learn more about what to do next. Law enforcement officers use various tactics to get you to admit to various accusations. Stay silent and rely on your defense team. Contact us to schedule a free consultation, and let us fight for you and defend your rights.

Understanding Your Rights

If the police arrested you on federal criminal charges, you have several fundamental rights that the Constitution protects. Regardless of whether misdemeanor or felony warrants are issued, your rights must be respected. A few key points to keep in mind include:

The Right to Remain Silent

You have the right to remain silent because anything you say can be used against you in court. This right protects you from potentially self-incriminating statements.

It's best to express that you wish to remain silent and not speak until your district attorney arrives. Remember, maintaining silence can't be used against you in your case.

The Right to an Attorney

If you are arrested, you should invoke your right to an attorney. This means you can ask for a criminal defense attorney to be present during any police questioning. If you can't afford an attorney, one will be provided. Always insist on having your attorney present before discussing anything with the police.

The Right to Know the Charges Against You

Knowing the charges against you is a fundamental right. This information is needed to prepare for your defense. If you have not been told the charges, you should ask for this information. A law enforcement officer must provide this information promptly after your arrest.

Steps to Take After an Arrest

Steps to take after an arrest
  1. Do not resist arrest: Resisting can lead to additional charges. Stay calm and follow the officer's instructions.
  2. Invoke your right to remain silent: Say you wish to remain silent and then do not speak until your attorney arrives.
  3. Demand an attorney: Clearly state that you want your attorney present before questioning.
  4. Avoid discussing your case with others: Only speak about your case with your attorney to ensure your information stays confidential.
  5. Recall the arrest details: Remember the details of your arrest, as these can be vital for your defense.
  6. Make no agreements: Do not agree to any deals without your attorney's advice.
  7. Prepare for your release: Ask about the process for release and any future court dates.

What to Expect During the Arrest Process

When arrested, you will go through a specific process that begins with the police taking you into custody.

Then, you will be booked, which includes recording your personal information and the details of the alleged crime. Familiarity with this process can help you manage the situation more effectively.

The following circumstances will detail what you should do next:

Arrest and Booking Procedures

After an arrest, you will be taken to a police department and undergo the booking process. This involves taking your fingerprints, photographs, and personal information. The details of the alleged offense or crime are also formally recorded. This process is standard and follows regulated procedures.

Fingerprinting and Photographing

Fingerprinting and photographing are standard parts of police arrest and the booking process. These help law enforcement agencies keep accurate records. Although it might feel invasive, these steps are routine procedures for anyone arrested, regardless of the circumstances.

Initial Court Appearance and Arraignment

Your first court appearance, usually an arraignment, will happen shortly after your arrest. Here, the charges against you will be read, and you'll be asked to plead. This is your opportunity to see a judge and formally receive the charges against you.

Contacting an Attorney

Contacting an attorney

If you are arrested, contact a criminal defense attorney immediately. An attorney can guide you through the legal maze and provide the necessary defense.

How to Request an Attorney in Los Angeles

To request an attorney in Los Angeles, state to the law enforcement officer that you wish to speak to your lawyer. You can make this request anytime during the arrest or booking process. Once requested, all questioning should stop until your attorney is present. You should call us as soon as possible so we can start preparing your defense.

Importance of Early Legal Representation

Early legal representation is critical in criminal cases. An experienced defense attorney can gather evidence, advise you on your rights, and build your defense strategy immediately. The earlier an attorney is involved, the better they can protect your rights and prepare a strong defense for a speedy trial.

What Information to Provide to Your Attorney

When you meet with your attorney, provide them with all the details of your arrest and anything you remember leading up to it. Be honest and thorough. The information you share can be pivotal in developing your defense strategy.

We recognize that you might be embarrassed or ashamed of some facts, but we must know everything. This makes it easier for us to prepare a strong defense for you.

Preparing for Your Defense

  • Gather evidence: Collect evidence that may support your innocence or contradict the prosecution's claims. Our goal is to weaken the prosecution's case as much as possible.
  • Identify witnesses: List potential witnesses who can testify in your favor or provide an alibi. We will speak to witnesses and use their information to craft a robust defense.
  • Review the charges: We will discuss the charges against you and their legal implications with you and explain how we think we can defend you.

The Legal Process

Going through the legal process after an arrest can be a stressful experience. From your initial arrest report to a potential trial, each step has legal significance. Familiarity with these steps will help you and your attorney prepare for what's ahead.

Understanding the Bail Process

The bail process allows you to be released from jail while awaiting trial. Bail may be set during your initial court appearance. The amount can depend on factors like the severity of the alleged crime and your previous criminal record.

Pre-Trial Motions and Hearings

Before the first trial date, there may be several motions and hearings. These can address issues like evidence admissibility or procedural concerns. Your attorney will handle these and argue to lay the favorable groundwork for your trial.

Trial Preparation and Court Procedures

Trial preparation involves reviewing all evidence, planning the defense strategy, and preparing for possible outcomes. Court procedures during the trial will follow strict protocols set bail you, which your attorney will explain to you.

How Perlman Defense Federal Criminal Lawyers Advocates for You

How Perlman Defense Federal Criminal Lawyers advocates for you
  • Personalized defense strategy: We tailor a defense strategy that fits the specifics of your case and personal circumstances. We recognize that each case is different. We do not take a cookie-cutter approach to any case.
  • Expert legal representation: Our team is experienced in federal criminal defense, ensuring skilled representation in complex cases. We rely on our experience to provide you with the defense you deserve.
  • Continuous support and guidance: We stand by you at every step, keeping you informed and prepared. We are in your corner from start to finish.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I can't afford an attorney?

If you cannot afford an attorney, the court will appoint one for you at no cost. This ensures your right to legal representation is protected. Please know that we have payment plans to make our services more affordable.

Can I get bail after being arrested?

Yes, most people can get bail unless the crime is very serious. Your attorney can argue in superior court for a reasonable bail amount.

What happens if I am falsely accused and arrested?

If you are wrongfully arrested, your attorney can help prove your innocence and seek justice. It is imperative to keep detailed records and evidence.

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