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if I am arrested, what will happen?



While at the station, the police will likely take your personal belongings, your fingerprints, and your photo. This is called booking. Depending on the facts of your case, Summit Defense may be able to seal the record of the arrest. If you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor, you may be released after booking and given a future court date. Otherwise you will be jailed until bailed out, or your Summit Defense attorneys can arrange an "O.R." (own recognizance) release.


If in custody, it is important to refrain from discussing anything about your case with anybody other than your attorney during a confidential visit. While in the jail, you have no expectation of privacy. Phone calls and letters are monitored and other inmates are often "snitches".


If arrested, it is important to remember that an arrest is only an accusation, not a conviction. Often people feel discouraged or even hopeless after going through the drama and humiliation of an arrest. Whatever your circumstances, assume nothing until we've evaluated your case. Many Summit Defense clients are arrested before retaining us. These people often tell us that the arrest was their lowest point, but they always feel better after we've worked together and created a plan.


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