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First 72 Hours After an Arrest

Being arrested for a crime, regardless of whether you truly committed it, is a serious life event that can be overwhelming, discouraging, and terrifying. The next several days following an arrest are confusing to many people, especially when it is their first run-in with the law. What you do – or fail to do – in those 72 hours can significantly determine the way your criminal proceedings will go and ultimately, what consequences will occur due to your arrest. Legal counsel can help you understand your particular situation and determine the best defense to protect your legal rights. 

As a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney at Dodds Law Office, PC, I represent people facing criminal charges throughout the state of Illinois. Together, let’s review and investigate all of the facts of your case and explore your possible legal options for building a defense. With an office located in Bloomington, I also serve clients in Champaign, Peoria, Lincoln, Urbana, Pekin, and other parts of Illinois. Contact me at Dodds Law Office, PC to schedule a one-on-one consultation today.

Next Steps Following an Arrest

You may know that during and after your arrest (before any charges), you have the right to remain silent. However, you may be unsure of what to do next after you have been arrested. Your well-meaning family and friends might offer conflicting advice and misconceptions that lead you astray. Figuring out what to do on the legal side of things can become confusing as you try to navigate the emotional rollercoaster you are experiencing. 

People who are arrested think the arrest itself means that they are guilty of committing a crime. However, regardless of the facts of your arrest, the mere fact that you were arrested does not necessarily mean that you will be found guilty. You still have a chance to fight the charges with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. 

If you are under investigation for a crime or if you are facing criminal charges, take these steps in the 72 hours following your arrest:

  • Retain a criminal defense attorney to gather evidence, investigate the critical facts of your case, and build a strong defense for you. Anyone arrested in connection with a criminal offense should be aware of their right to counsel. In other words, it means you have the right to be represented by an attorney to assist you in your defense.

  • Speak to no one without the consent or presence of your attorney. This is to avoid making incriminating statements. The statements you make to law enforcement before, during, and after your arrest can make it more complicated to assert a defense later on. 

  • Document the events that lead to your arrest and what you remember of the arrest itself.

  • Document what happened while you were in police custody.

  • Communicate and work with your attorney effectively to post bond or bail. Depending on the charges, you may be able to post bail in order to get out of jail. Your attorney will assist you with posting bail and advise you on your options.

  • Refrain from posting on social media or reaching out to your accuser (if applicable).

  • Do not forget or conceal any details, however minor, from your criminal defense attorney.

  • Answer questions as honestly as possible.

  • Keep your criminal defense attorney updated and well-informed about the entire situation.

The aftermath of an arrest can be confusing and stressful. Many people do not understand what steps to take in the chaotic 72 hours that follow. That is why I am dedicated to assisting clients with their criminal defense cases to give them the peace of mind they need.

Don’t Risk Your Future. Call Now.

Facing the criminal justice system without experienced representation on your side can expose you to possibly suffering the maximum punishments. If you were recently arrested in connection with a crime in Bloomington, Illinois, or the surrounding areas, contact Dodds Law Office, PC to discuss how to best defend your freedom and your rights. I also proudly serve clients in Champaign, Peoria, Lincoln, Urbana, Pekin, and other parts of the state. Call today to schedule a one-on-one consultation.