In some cases, individuals may be arrested but not charged. While it may seem like a relief that you’ve been released from jail without being charged with a crime, you may still be charged in the future. Upon release from jail without charges, you may be concerned about what happens next and have many questions unanswered. Here’s what you need to know if you or a loved one has been arrested but not yet charged:
The short answer is no. However, if you are charged and arrested again in the future, you’ll typically get only one phone call, and that should be to your family. When speaking to your family member, it’s vital to give them the information about what you are being charged with as well as the amount of the bail needed. Then, your loved one can call a bail agent for immediate release.
If you will be self-surrendering, it’s imperative to contact a bail agent beforehand just in case you may need a bail bond for release. Failing to contact a bail agent can leave you stuck in custody with limited opportunities to reach out to your family, attorney as well as your bail agent. Having a pre-arrangement with a bail agent prior to arrest is the best way to ensure you are released sooner.
Typically felony crimes are only charged after a 48 hour investigation period. However, while in custody during that 48 hours, the police and prosecutors will determine if they have enough evidence to charge you with a crime. For example, domestic violence cases are complex since they can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony.
When it comes to the process of being arrested and charged, it’s imperative to consult with an attorney and bail agent immediately once it’s determined that you’ve been exposed to any criminal liability.
The investigation period can take up to 48 hours. The police are not permitted to hold you indefinitely as they determine whether or not to charge you with a crime. If you are charged with a crime, the amount of time it may take for the release process can vary from 1 to 3 hours.
If you or a loved one has been arrested but not charged with a crime, it’s important to contact a bail agent to learn the best way to approach your situation. For assistance with warrants or any other arrest matter, we can help. Contact A-1 Bail Bonds today at (808) 664-5010 for more information about the bail bonds process.
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