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What Can I Expect To Happen In The First 24 Hours After An Arrest?


As soon as you arrive at the jail or the detention facility, you’re going to go through the booking process. The booking process involves a series of fairly standardized questions having to do with your contact information (name, phone number, address) and your health. They will want to know whether or not you have any outstanding medical issues that need immediate attention so that they can get you processed into the facility, know who is in their custody, and make sure medical needs are met. This usually happens within the first five or six hours. If you are going to be held until you see a judge, then it’s possible that they will give you a cell assignment, take away your street clothes and give you the jail uniform until you are done with court or can be released. Those first 24 hours just involve a lot of administrative paperwork and waiting until you can see the judge.

What Rights Do I Have After I Am Arrested?

After you’ve been arrested, you all of your constitutional rights including the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, the right to remain silent, and the right to consult with an attorney. While it is standard (and likely required) for the jail to conduct a search of your person to make sure you aren’t bringing contraband into the facility, you can refuse other searches. For example, if they ask you for a DNA sample you have the right to say, “No, I do not consent to the taking of my DNA, get a warrant.” You also have the right to contact an attorney, which is probably the most important thing that you could do. That way, someone will be able to get in touch with your family and advise you about the particulars of your individual situation.

Will I Be Arraigned Prior To Release From Jail After An Arrest?

You will not necessarily be arraigned prior to release from jail. There are some charges where you can be given a citation and released from custody. Alternatively, the prosecuting authority could decide not to charge you right away. In that situation, you would be released from custody and the prosecutor may mail a complaint to the address that is listed on your driver’s license.

At What Point Should I Contact An Attorney After An Arrest?

You should contact an attorney as soon as you are given an opportunity to do so, or at least ask a family member to contact one on your behalf. However, do not give anyone (other than an attorney) details about your arrest over the phone. Any statements you make on a jail phone are being recorded and will be used against you. In a DUI arrest in Minnesota, you have the right to contact an attorney before you take a breath test, blood test or urine test. You should absolutely take advantage of that right. Oftentimes law enforcement will have phonebooks that are full of attorney phone numbers, and you should start calling attorneys who are listed in those phonebooks. Even if you don’t have a prior relationship with them, it’s likely that someone will answer a few questions for you and give you some advice.

What Paperwork Do I Have After I Am Released From Jail?

The type of paperwork that you will leave the jail with will depend on the type of charge you have received. In a first-time misdemeanor DUI case, you will likely be released a couple of hours after being taken to the jail. When released, you will have a copy of the citation, the date of the next court appearance and a notice of license revocation. The license revocation document tells you how long you can drive with your current license before it will be revoked. If law enforcement found large sums of money that they believe to be in connection to criminal activity, then you may have a forfeiture notice where they are going to attempt to keep that money. If a search warrant was served to take your DNA, then you’ll have a copy of the search warrant.

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Jennifer Congdon, Esq.

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