If you or a loved one has been arrested, it can be a daunting and overwhelming experience. From the moment of the arrest to the trial, many steps in the criminal justice system can be confusing and stressful.
1. The Arrest
When you are arrested, you will be read your rights and taken to the police station. You will be booked, which includes taking your fingerprints and photograph, and you will be placed in a holding cell. It is important to remain calm and not say anything that could incriminate you. You have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney.
After you are arrested, you may be eligible for bail. Bail is a sum of money that you pay to the court to be released from jail while your case is pending. The amount of bail will depend on the severity of the charges and your criminal history. If you cannot afford bail, you may be able to get a bail bond from a bail bondsman.
The arraignment is your first court appearance. At the arraignment, the judge will read the charges against you and ask how you plead. It is important to have an attorney present at the arraignment to advise you on how to plead and to argue for a lower bail amount if necessary.
During the discovery phase, your attorney will gather evidence and information about the case. This may include witness statements, police reports, and other evidence. Your attorney will use this information to build a defense strategy.
If your case goes to trial, the prosecution will present their evidence and witnesses, and your attorney will present your defense. The judge or jury will then decide whether you are guilty or not guilty. You may face fines, probation, or jail time if you are found guilty.
Bold, Aggressive Criminal Defense Representation in Austin, TX
Having an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side is important to guide you through the process and protect your rights. At Smith & Vinson Law Firm, we have the knowledge and experience to provide you with the best defense possible. Contact us today at (512) 359-3743 for a free consultation.