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What is a bond? What if I cannot afford a bond?

Posted by Ren Poblete on December 26, 2013

A bond is an amount of money you must pay to be released from jail pending your appearance in court. If you pay a cash bond the money will be returned to you at...

What is an arraignment?

Posted by Ren Poblete on December 26, 2013

After criminal charges are filed, you will have a court appearance called an arraignment. At your arraignment, a judge officially reads the charges filed against you.

What is a booking?

Posted by Ren Poblete on December 26, 2013

After an arrest, you will be taken to a police station where you are “booked.” A booking refers to the process of officially entering your arrest in the police records. You will be asked...

What should I do if I am arrested?

Posted by Ren Poblete on December 26, 2013

The moment you are placed under arrest, constitutional rights protect you. The only thing you have to say is, “I want to speak with an attorney” or “I have nothing to say now.” When...

Isn’t a warrant required for the police to search me?

Posted by Ren Poblete on December 26, 2013

In general terms, a warrant is required for police to initiate a search. If a police officer comes to your home, a warrant will be required to take you into custody. However, if the...

What’s the difference between a police stop and being arrested?

Posted by Ren Poblete on December 26, 2013

Police may stop and question you, although you have the right to refuse to answer. While a stop detains you for a short time, you are not moved to a different location as with...

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