What Happens If I Am Arrested for Breaking a Law?
If you are arrested, you are kept for an arraignment that usually occurs within 24 hours of the arrest. The arraignment is held before a judge, who formally tells the defendant the offense with which he or she is being charged. If the defendant is denied bail or cannot post bail, he or she may be incarcerated pending appearance in court. If bail is posted, he or she will remain free pending subsequent court appearances.
When Are the Police Required To Read Me My Rights?
The police are required to tell a suspect his or her rights when they plan to conduct a custodial interrogation. These rights are knows as the "Miranda rights." They are as follows:
You have The Constitutional Right To Remain Silent
Anything You Say Can Be Held Against You In the Court Of Law
You Have the Right To Legal Counsel
If You Cannot Afford a Lawyer, One Will Be Appointed for You
You May Have a Lawyer Present During Interrogation
To invoke your Miranda rights, you must clearly and unequivocally say "I want a lawyer, I have nothing to say without a lawyer"