You’ve been arrested – for whatever reason – and you’re understandably anxious about what may come next. You need to know exactly what kind of charges you’re going to face, and what it may take to get released (if possible) until your case is heard.
Unfortunately, the steps between your arrest and your release on bail may not exactly be clear to you. When you’re concerned about getting out of jail so you can get back to work, take care of your family, meet with your attorney or anything else, here’s what you should know:
How long can police hold you before a decision about charges is made?
Typically, there’s a 72-hour window for prosecutors to decide if you’re going to face charges. Sometimes extenuating circumstances might extend this time, but that window is typically what’s followed most of the time.
What can you do to get out of jail while your case is moving through the system?
There isn’t much you can do if no charges have been levied. Your legal representation may be able to push for something to happen faster. Once charges are placed against you, you may be eligible for bail. This is a way for you to get out of jail while your case is moving forward. You’ll have to put up money or property that meets the court’s requirements, usually with the assistance of a bail bondsman.
Anyone who is being held in police custody should ensure they understand their rights and options. Working with someone who’s familiar with these matters can help you to determine what’s in your best interests. Ultimately, you have to do what you feel is right for you.