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What Happens if I am Arrested?

If you are arrested, you will be handcuffed and taken to the county jail for processing. At the jail, an officer will interview you for basic information, such as name, address, date of birth, social security number, etc. You will be searched and your personal property will be taken away from you and held until your release. Should you have any items of contraband, such as illegal narcotics, it is probable that you will be charged with an additional crime. You will be fingerprinted, have your picture taken and housed until your arraignment, which is an initial appearance before a judge, or until bond is posted.

If you know in advance that you might be arrested, or are turning yourself in, you can prepare for arrest. You should leave personal property at home, but should carry a form of identification with you, such as a driver’s license. You might also consider having a few dollars to place on your books at the jail for purchasing items such as soups, candy or soaps.


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