After a person has been arrested in Duval County, several things will happen.
They will be searched prior to being placed in the patrol car and again
when they arrive at the county jail. If you have something illegal at
the time of your arrest and the officer does not find it until you are
searched at the jail, you may be charged with attempting to bring contraband
into the jail. This can potentially be a more serious charge than what
you were arrested for in the first place. Once inside the jail, a mug
shot is taken. This picture becomes part of the official records of your
arrest and is often found later when people do on-line searches for that
person’s name. Like the photo, fingerprints are taken and also become
part of the permanent record of arrest. If identity is in question, the
arrested person may also be required to provide a writing sample, participate
in a line up, and even provide DNA samples.
Once the initial processing is complete, people will typically spend some
time in jail before posting bond, or if they are accused of certain crimes
or cannot post bond, they will remain in custody until being taken the
next morning to First Appearance.
What Happens During First Appearance?
First Appearance occurs within 24 hours of arrest, is the first time the
person appears before a judge, and is when they are formally told what
charges they are facing. You have a right to have your lawyer present
for First Appearance and it is beneficial for people to be represented
during First Appearance by knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer. This
is because important decisions are made at First Appearance regarding
bail and other terms and conditions of their release from custody. The
State Attorney will have a representative present; so should anyone who
has been arrested.
Also during First Appearance, the case is assigned to a judge and an arraignment
hearing is set. Arraignment is one of the most important parts of the
criminal justice process, and can lay the framework for the rest of an
individual’s criminal case moving forward. For this reason, it is
imperative that if someone arrested did not have a lawyer at First Appearance
that they contact an
experienced Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer before going to Arraignment. The benefits of hiring an lawyer are that
they can protect your rights, guide you through arraignment, and start
building a strong defense.
Contact a Skilled Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
The right to a criminal defense lawyer attaches as soon as a person is
arrested. Statements made to police officers can and will be used against
you. Don’t leave your freedom to chance. If you or someone you know
is arrested for a crime in Duval County, you should act quickly to protect
your rights by calling the knowledgeable criminal defense lawyers at the
Albaugh Law Firm. With over 70+ years of legal experience, we know the
system and how to protect your freedom. Contact us today at 904-471-3434
for a free consultation.