After an Arrest: What Happens Next?

Getting arrested is a stressful and often traumatic experience. Whether you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor or a serious felony, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed and unsure about what to do next.

1. Initial Processing and Booking

The first step after you’ve been arrested is being taken into custody by law enforcement. This typically involves being put in handcuffs and being taken to a local police station or jail for processing. During this process, you’ll be asked to provide personal information, such as your name and date of birth. You’ll also be fingerprinted and photographed. This information will be entered into a statewide criminal database and become part of your permanent record.

2. Bail and Release

After you’ve been processed, you’ll usually be allowed to post bail or be released on your recognizance (which means you don’t have to post bail but instead promise to attend future court dates). If you can’t afford to post bail, you may be eligible to have your bail reduced or to enter into a bail bond agreement with a bail bondsman. A judge will determine your bail amount based on the severity of the charges against you, as well as your criminal history.

3. Court Appearances

Once you’ve been released from custody, you must attend all your court appearances. Failure to attend court can result in additional charges against you and a warrant for your arrest. Depending on the severity of the charges, you may be required to attend multiple court appearances, including arraignment, pre-trial, trial, and sentencing hearings. It’s essential to participate in each of these hearings, as they’ll determine the outcome of your case.

4. Possible Outcomes

The outcome of your case depends on various factors, including the severity of the charges, your criminal history, and the strength of the evidence against you. Possible outcomes include a dismissal of the charges, a plea bargain, or a trial and verdict. If you’re found guilty, you may face fines, community service, probation, or imprisonment. Depending on the severity of the charges, you may also face lifelong consequences, such as difficulty finding employment or obtaining a professional license.

Salt Lake City Defense Attorneys

While an arrest can be a challenging and overwhelming experience, it is crucial to remember that there is hope for a brighter future. Lokken & Putnam, P.C. is here to provide expert legal guidance and support. Contact us today at (801) 829-9783 to discuss your case and take the first step toward reclaiming your future.