Being arrested sucks, there’s no doubt about it. Being arrested on a holiday like Christmas Eve is even worse. You don’t want to explain to your grandmother that you missed Christmas dinner because you were sitting in jail.
The following steps outline how a criminal defense lawyer can save the day by getting you out of jail quickly and on your way to grandma’s house of Christmas dinner on time:
- Call your lawyer. The first thing you should do whenever you are arrested is ask to call an attorney. If you are arrested for a DUI charge, it is especially important to speak to a defense attorney before taking a BAC test. Implied consent laws can be confusing and police often use that to their advantage. An attorney can tell you exactly what your rights are and the best course of action given the situation.
- Case Analysis. When you call a lawyer they will meet with you and examine all the facts surrounding your case and make recommendations for moving forward.
- Retain an attorney. In order for the attorney to get you released, you must first retain them to work on your case.
- Release. Once you retain an attorney, they will go to work immediately to get you released. First, they will talk to the judge and negotiate conditions of your release. This usually consists of setting cash bail or bond.
If you find yourself in jail on Christmas (or any holiday for that matter), follow these steps and you’ll be out of jail and on your way to family dinner in no time.