When you are arrested with a warrant, you can expect the following process:
- Arrest warrant: The police will arrest you, read your rights, and inform you of the charges against you.
- Booking: After your arrest, you will be taken to a police station or jail for booking. This process involves recording your personal information, taking your fingerprints and mugshot, and searching your belongings.
- Bail: If the charges against you are bailable, you may be able to post bail to secure your release until your court date. Bail is a sum of money you pay the court to guarantee your appearance.
- Arraignment: Your arraignment is the first court appearance after your arrest. The judge will inform you of the charges against you, advise you of your rights, and ask for your plea.
- Pretrial: If you plead not guilty, the court will schedule a pretrial conference. Here, your attorney and the prosecutor will discuss the case and attempt to reach a plea bargain.
- Trial: If you do not accept a plea bargain or the case cannot be resolved through negotiations, a trial will be scheduled. At the trial, the prosecutor will present evidence, and your attorney will present a defense on your behalf.
- Sentencing: If you are found guilty at trial or plead guilty, the judge will impose a sentence. This may include fines, probation, or jail time.
An arrest warrant can be a stressful and complicated process, so you must seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney.