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A Drug Arrest: The Details

Being arrested for drugs can be quite scary and overwhelming at the same time. In the event you found yourself being picked up and charged with a drug charge, there are a few things that you need to know.

Check out the following three things to help you determine what to expect.

Booking

After you are arrested, you will be brought jail where you will be booked in. During booking, your fingerprints and picture are going to be taken. They are typically run through a local and national database to see if you have anything else outstanding under your name that they need to be aware of. An officer will also perform a search of your person’s to make sure you aren’t trying to hide anything on you. A medical evaluation is also completed to determine if there is anything special you need while you are in the jail. Depending on how many people are coming through the system, the booking process can be quite lengthy.

Arraignment and Bond

Once you have been booked into the jail, you are going to have to wait to be arraigned. During the arraignment, the judge will also set your bond. You will be read your rights and asked how you are going to plead. If you already hired a lawyer, they will be there with you during this proceeding. For those who aren’t able to afford to hire their own lawyer, the court will appoint one to represent you.

Oftentimes, the judge will set your bail when you are being arraigned. When dealing with a court appointed lawyer, your bond hearing could be pushed back until they are able to be there with you. When you do have your hearing, the prosecutor often goes to the judge with a certain amount of bail. You have the chance to ask for your bail to be lowered. However, it is up to the judge to determine how much your bail is ultimately going to be.

Bail Bonds

If you are only being charged with a minor drug crime, you might be able to go to pay your whole bond off and get out of jail until you have to be in court again. As long as you go to all of your hearings and do what you are supposed to, you will often get your money returned to you.

On the other hand, individuals who are repeat offenders or facing a major felony crime could end up with a bail that is far more than they can afford. If that is your case, you can turn to a bail bondsman for assistance. They will often work with you and take a significantly lower amount to get you out of jail. Some bondsmen will often take things like firearms, jewelry, furs, titles to land and vehicles and much more as a form of collateral on your bond. However, you will still have to pay a small amount down for their time.

Severe cases are often not granted bail and have to sit in jail until after you have gone through the whole process and your case is done and over with. Being a flight risk will definitely keep you behind bars and prevent you from having your freedom for that month or so between your arraignment and your case.

When dealing with any type of drug charge, you need to know what it is that you are up against. If your case doesn’t go as planned, you could end up finding yourself sitting behind bars for quite some time. The first thing you need to do is to go over the specifics of your case with a lawyer who can help. They will be able to walk you through the process and what you can expect to happen throughout your case. You need to make sure that you show up each and every time to prevent having a warrant issued and you landing back in jail until after everything is said and done.

You only get on shot when you are out of jail on bond, so make sure you do what you are supposed to. Before you know it, your trial will be over with and you will be back to doing the things you love, hopefully, without a blemish on your record.

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