What do I do if a loved one is arrested?

Having a loved one arrested is not easy. It’s an emotional and difficult time. That’s why I’ve broken it down to 5 simple steps you can take to offer your loved one the best help possible.  

  1. Call an attorney so that they can help you every step of the way. The right attorney has a team of paralegals, bondsman, investigators, expert witnesses, therapists, and resources you need to help you and ensure your loved one has the best defense possible. 
  2. Get the person out of jail. This can be done either by paying the full bond amount at the jail, or by calling a bail bondsman and paying 10% for them to bail you out.  If you pay the full bond to the jail, that money will either be returned to you when the case is over, or it will be transferred to pay for court costs.  The money you pay to a bail bondsman, you don’t get back and that is their fee for bonding the person out of jail.  
  3. Once the person is out of jail, make sure he/she writes down very specific details about what happened. Criminal cases can take anywhere from 6 to 18 months depending on the seriousness of the case.  Over time, memories can fade and it’s important to put everything you remember into writing.  The police officers are trained to write their reports with very specific details to help them remember months later at a deposition, motion or trial.  You should do the same.
  4. Gather a list of any potential witnesses and evidence – Often times, police officers don’t conduct a full and complete investigation.  Instead of trying to find out the truth of what happened, they will try to make a quick arrest to close the case.  It’s essential to immediately speak to defense witnesses, take pictures of the scene, request 911 calls and prepare for your defense.  
  5. Hel them get back to their normal life – After being arrested, it’s very important a person resume their normal daily life - work, school, or taking care of family.