Jan
07
What happens if i am arrested for breaking a criminal law?


What happens if i am arrested for breaking
a criminal law? If you are arrested for breaking a criminal
law, the case is usually taken before a magistrate who may issue a warrant if necessary and set
a bond for appearance in court. If the defendant cannot post bond, he or she
may be incarcerated pending appearance in court. If bond is posted, he or she will remain free
pending appearance at an arraignment. An arraignment usually occurs within 24 hours
of the arrest, or the first date available if on a weekend or holiday. The arraignment is held before a judge who
formally tells the defendant the offense in which he or she is being charged and informs
the defendant of their constitutional rights and of the possible penalties involved. The defendant will enter a plea of guilty
or not guilty at this time, the bond or bail may be reviewed, and a date for the next hearing
is scheduled.