If you are ever arrested and charged with a crime, you may not be sure about what happens from the time of your arrest and the start of your trial. Uncertainty can heighten anxiety so knowing what to expect can help you prepare for the trial so you can hopefully receive the best outcome possible. Here are three things to do after you are arrested.
Get Out of Jail
Once you have been charged with a crime, you can either stay in jail until your trial begins or have a loved one bail you out. Judges typically assign hefty fees to bail bond amounts and most people can’t afford to pay for bail upfront. Your friend or family member will likely have to look into Allegheny County bail bonds to get you out of jail until the trial.
Find a Reputable Lawyer
You probably want to find a good attorney to argue your case because few people are successful arguing for themselves in a court of law. Contact a reputable lawyer immediately upon bailing out of jail so you can start gathering evidence for the case. If you know that you are guilty and are not trying to argue your innocence, a lawyer may be able to get you a reduced sentence or help you find a plea deal.
Stay Out of Trouble
Getting arrested a second time before the court hearing begins for your initial case reflects badly upon you. If you want to receive the best possible outcome, it is best to stay away from anyone you know who may be involved in illegal activities.
Getting arrested is a scary experience but you can earn a second chance to be a good citizen by following the letter of the law. Use these three tips to increase the chance of receiving a favorable outcome in your court case.