What should I do if I am arrested on misdemeanor charges?

Be quiet and call a lawyer!

If you are arrested for a misdemeanor charge it is a criminal offense. That means you have the right to remain silent. Make sure you do not discuss your case with anyone as the State will use it against you.

When you are arrested, you will be given an opportunity to make at least one phone call. If you do not know an attorney’s number, call a friend or family member to contact one for you. The attorney can assist in posting bond and preserving any evidence that may help your case.

After you post bond, make sure you meet with your attorney to discuss all of your options. It is also crucial that you appear at all mandatory court dates to avoid having a warrant issued for your arrest. Most importantly, you need to follow the advice of your attorney. It is their job to look out for you and to protect your rights.

If the court places any conditions on your release, make sure you abide by any and all court orders. If you do not do exactly as the Court says, a warrant can be issued for your arrest.

Having a misdemeanor charge can be stressful. But if you are patient the attorney can assist you in obtaining the best possible outcome as quickly as possible.

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