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WHAT’S NEXT AFTER AN ARREST?
GETTING YOUR LIFE BACK ON TRACK
Being arrested or charged with a crime is stressful. It can disrupt your life and put you in a place where you may be wondering, “What’s next?”
When someone is arrested, they may be released after the booking process, or bail will be set. If bail is set, they’ll have an opportunity to make the necessary phone calls to post bail to be released. After that, they must figure out their next action. In DUI cases, people are often released without posting bail. However, upon release they realize they have to do something about their car, which has likely been impounded. Fees are the nerve-wracking thing about an impounded vehicle, and the longer you wait to get your car out of impound, the greater the fees. After getting their vehicle, the person has 10 days to get in touch with the Department of Motor Vehicles. It can feel like they have to deal with one thing after the next. Chances are a court date has been scheduled at some point in the 30–60 days following the arrest, so they have to figure out how to work around that as well. If you're arrested, one of the first things you should do is get in contact with a lawyer who knows what to do and how to make all the right moves. A good attorney has answers and is there to take as much stress away from you as possible. Their job is to help you shoulder the burden. In misdemeanor cases, for example, you don’t have to worry about making a court appearance. While you’ll have a court date set, an attorney can represent you in court, meaning you don’t have to miss any work, class, or hobbies. If you’re facing a felony charge, you will have to appear in court, but your attorney will help minimize the impact it has on your day-to-day routine. With more serious allegations, there are still plenty of options. Hiring an attorney right out of the gate means they can help with bail and start putting together a defense. A good lawyer isn’t going to waste
time. They’ll be in touch with law enforcement and prosecutors to gather as much information as possible.
Depending on the circumstances, the attorney may go as far as using their own investigators or an accident reconstructionist. They may also need to get in touch with nearby businesses to secure audio or video recordings that may be relevant to the case. A lot of that evidence can disappear if not retrieved quickly. All this work is done to help alleviate your stress. Being arrested disrupts work, school, family — you name it. Regardless of the situation, it’s a major hitch in your life. When you know what to expect, you can better plan for the next steps. As an attorney, I strive to keep my clients’ lives as normal as possible so that they can focus on what’s important in their lives. They do what they need to, and I keep them informed of my day-to-day work on their case. When you’re faced with the worry and stress of an arrest, it can feel like the end of the road, but it’s not. While every situation is different, each has a solution, and by coordinating with your attorney, we can
figure out what makes the most sense for your situation. That way, you never have to figure out what’s next on your own.
–Mark Rosenfeld, Esq.
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