Under Arrest in Alabama? What you need to know

Being under arrest is one of the most stressful situations that any person will face. If being simply pulled over by a policeman with blue lights flashing wasn’t stressful enough, getting handcuffed and taken to jail is a very scary and overwhelming experience. Fortunately, getting arrested is not the end of the world. If you or a loved one have been arrested and charged with a crime, call Brennan R. Clifton, Attorney at Law for an experienced criminal attorney who will go to work for you.

Do not speak to the Police

This does not mean that you shouldn’t be courteous and respectful, though. In fact, being courteous and respectful goes a long way when interacting with law enforcement. However, the topic of conversation should not revolve around the circumstances leading up to your arrest. If you are taken to the police station for questioning, politely tell them that you wish to speak with an attorney. Your right to remain silent is just as sacred as your second amendment right to protect yourself. Both rights are there to protect your individual freedom.

Getting released on Bail

The most important thing to do when you bail out of jail is to show up for your court date. In fact, the purpose of bail is the same concept as a bond in that it is ensure that you appear in court for your trial. You can post a cash bond if you have the money or go through a bondsman. Many bondsman will charge roughly 10% of the entire bond. If you go through a bondsman, you do not get your money back at the end of the case.

While you are released on bond, it is extremely important to STAY OUT OF TROUBLE. The law says that a Defendant’s right to bond is forfeited for committing new criminal conduct . It is common for a Defendant who has been arrested while on bond to be put back in jail and held until trial. If the underlying charge is a felony, the Defendant could have to wait months or years before a trial is held. This is why it is so important to be on your best behavior while your criminal case is pending.

Hiring a Criminal Attorney in Alabama

For any charge carrying potential jail time, an individual has a Constitutional right to be represented by an attorney of their choosing. If an individual cannot afford an attorney, the Court will appoint one for them. There is certain criteria that must be met for an individual to qualify for appointed counsel. At any rate, it is critical that a Defendant have legal representation when facing criminal charges whether the attorney is appointed or hired.

Contact Criminal Defense Attorney, Brennan R. Clifton

We are proud to have earned our clients’ trust through through transparency, hard work and attention to detail.  For over five years, Brennan R. Clifton, Attorney at Law, has been a trusted criminal defense in Spanish Fort and the surrounding areas. Call or text us at 251-422-6417 to speak with us today.