If you are arrested, you will be taken into custody, booked into your local jail, and ultimately assigned a bail amount so you can bond out of jail while awaiting trial. By familiarizing yourself with proper arrest procedures, you can stay aware of your rights throughout the process. Here is a basic overview of the steps involved in a legal arrest.
If a police officer witnesses a crime being committed, an arrest can happen without a warrant being issued. But arrests frequently occur after a grand jury returns an indictment or a prosecutor presents evidence of a crime to the court and the judge issues an arrest warrant. In either case, you will be taken into custody and booked into jail.
When you are taken into custody, your arresting officer must inform you of your Miranda rights before questioning you. The officer must advise you that you have the right to remain silent and that anything you say can be used against you in a court of law. He will also advise you of your right to an attorney and instruct you that one will be appointed for you if you cannot afford private counsel. No member of law enforcement can question you unless you verbally confirm that you understand your rights.
If you have been arrested without a warrant, you may remain in jail for up to 48 hours while the police check into your background and criminal history and you are fingerprinted. You cannot be held in jail for longer than 48 hours without a first appearance or arraignment before a judge.
If your friend or family member has been arrested in New Jersey, your first step should be to call a certified bail bond agent to have your loved one released immediately. 24 Seven Bail Bonds has three locations convenient to Middlesex County, Monmouth County, and Ocean County, and our bail bondsmen are on call 24 hours a day so that you can get out of jail fast. For more information, call us today at (732) 418-2245.