Arrested in Indiana: What Comes Next?
If you’ve been arrested, you are likely concerned with what could happen next. An arrest, even if you aren’t convicted, can have a serious impact on your life. It can affect how your friends and family view you, your current employment status, and your long-term ability to earn a living.
You could be spending time in jail until you are able to make bail. If you’re unable to make bail, you could be jailed until your trial date.
Fortunately, the attorneys at Rowdy G. Williams Law Firm are prepared to protect your rights. We can help ensure that you aren’t spending your days in a jail cell. We’ll build a strong defensive strategy in your favor and diligently so that your life isn’t permanently affected by your Indiana arrest.
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When you are first arrested, the police officer should have read you your Miranda rights, also known as being Mirandized. These refer to the rights you have after being arrested, and they should be read to you exactly as follows:
“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. Do you understand the rights I have just read to you?”
These rights are critical, and it’s important that you understand what they mean and how they’ll apply to your arrest. First and foremost, you have the right to remain silent. Many people who are arrested believe that if they just explain the situation to the police officer, they can avoid the arrest and booking.
Unfortunately, law enforcement might try to convince you to admit guilt or catch you in inconsistencies. Remember, anything you say can be used against you if your case goes to court.
The second component of your Miranda rights is that you have the right to an attorney. Working with a lawyer can help you not only avoid conviction for the crime you were arrested for, but also help you understand which questions you need to answer and which you should avoid. Your best chance at putting your arrest behind you is to get help from a qualified criminal defense lawyer.
What Happens if You’re Convicted
A conviction of any type of crime can have serious ramifications, such as difficulty finding a good job, quality housing, and continuing your education, among other things. The penalties associated with a conviction will largely depend on the type of crime you were charged with.
For example, if you were convicted of a DUI, you could be looking at a license suspension or revocation, community service, probation, jail time, and fines. If you were convicted of capital murder, you could be facing life in prison without the possibility of parole, or even the death penalty.
An experienced and knowledgeable attorney can help you avoid conviction, however possible, so your life and freedom isn’t in jeopardy.
Get Help from an Indiana Arrest Lawyer
Our firm will work to build an aggressive defense so you don’t have to spend the rest of your life dealing with the consequences of a criminal conviction. Schedule your no-obligation consultation today by calling our office at 812-232-7400 or by completing the quick contact form provided below.