What Should I do if I Have Been Arrested?
If you or someone you know has been arrested, you should contact a lawyer immediately. It is very important that a person who is arrested not make any statements to the police or other government officials. If a person who is arrested wants to tell his side of the story, this is not the time to do it. Police are allowed to make all sorts of promises that they do not have to keep. In many cases, when a person speaks to the police or other agency after being arrested they do themselves more harm than good.
When a loved one is arrested, relatives often may feel that he or she must be at fault or must have deserved to be arrested. This certainly may be true. However, the person arrested still needs all the support he can get from his family and friends. Spending time in jail is a horrible, dangerous experience. Finding a person once they have been arrested in New York can be difficult, stressful task. New arrests are theoretically processed within 24 hours, but a person who later turns out to be perfectly innocent can languish in jail long enough to lose her job and put her children in jeopardy. If someone you love is in jail, no matter how you feel about it, you should make sure she has a lawyer she trusts and support her however you can until she is freed.
When someone is arrested, an attorney must appear with that person before the judge. Most courts have attorneys available on call who represent defendants who cannot afford to pay for their own attorney.