What to Expect After an ArrestAn arrest and the prospect of several court appearances can make anyone feel unsettled, whether the arrest happened to you or someone close to you. But those worries can be even bigger if you have never passed through this process before. You may be unsure what steps will take place or how to prepare for each event. This blog explains the basic process of what happens after an arrest. Familiarize yourself with the information below so you can ease any worries you have about the post-arrest proceedings.
The ArrestAn arrest can occur legally under any of the following circumstances:
- A police officer sees a crime take place. For example, when a police officer sees someone driving unsafely, he or she can pull over that car and ask the person to take a Breathalyzer test. If the test reveals a blood alcohol level over the legal limit, the police officer can arrest that individual.
- The police officer has reason to believe the person committed (or will soon commit) a crime. This belief is called probable cause. For example, officers hear a report of a bank robbery, including a description of the alleged robbers and the car they were driving. The crime report gives the officer probable cause to pull the vehicle over, question the driver, inspect the car, and decide if an arrest should be made. The police officer knows there is an arrest warrant for that individual.