What to do after an arrest

The Law Office of James Dunn understands that there are few experiences more trying and emotionally turbulent than being arrested. No matter the nature of your criminal charge, the immediate aftermath after an arrest can be a crucial time for self-reflection and action to defend your well-being. As a testament to the firm’s dedication to educating clients facing criminal and DUI charges about their rights and how to protect them, the firm has provided some essential information about what you can do after an arrest.


If you have been charged with a criminal offense, which includes a DUI charge, it is essential that you know your rights. The underlying principle of the American legal system is that all individuals are innocent until proven guilty. As such, you have certain fundamental rights that can be used at any time during and after your arrest. These include:

  • The right to remain silent
  • The right to request legal representation
  • Anything you say can be used against you in a court of law

It is important to understand that you will almost always be questioned, in some form, by the arresting law enforcement agency. You do not have to discuss your case with anyone other than your attorney. Protecting these essential rights can allow you to preserve your innocence and can greatly contribute to the favorable resolution of your case.


When you understand your rights and how to exercise them effectively, there are numerous other elements you will be required to handle during the course of your case. Some important elements that can help you after an arrest are as follows:

Understand Your Charges

Understanding what you are being charged with is crucial. Failing to grasp what your charges entail and what potential penalties you face can lead to a false sense of security and an overall lack of effort to take the steps you need to defend yourself. All too often, the shock of being arrested can cause many people to try to forget what happened to them and simply allow their case to take its course. This can be devastating, especially when charges pose serious consequences and penalties.

The firm also understands that the unfamiliarity with obscure and technical legal terms can contribute to the intimidation you may feel after an arrest. As a result, speaking with an attorney from the firm can help you clearly understand the charges you face, the possible penalties involved and what you can do to successfully defend yourself.

Know the Procedures

No matter what type of charge you face, you will face numerous legal procedures with which you must comply. Being aware of arraignment dates, court dates, legal work and documents and other necessary procedures can quickly overwhelm many people. In addition to the formal court proceedings, you may also face additional procedures. This can include license and DMV hearings if you were charged with a DUI.

As tension is high after an arrest, keeping track of all that you need to do can be incredibly difficult. Having experienced and knowledgeable legal representation during this time can ensure that you meet all the requirements of your case and that you do so with a full understanding.

Consult an Attorney

Consulting qualified legal counsel can make all the difference in how you view and understand your charges and in the eventual outcome of your case. An attorney can walk you through the particularities of your charges, providing you with ample information and a strong sense of what you should and should not do in the course of completing the necessary legal procedures.

Attorneys can assist during every phase of your case, including the crucial moments immediately following an arrest. At the Law Office of James Dunn, the firm is focused on gaining an immediate understanding of your situation and working swiftly and aggressively to begin working toward a strong defense. Initial consultations often last several hours, and both the client and attorney will reach a full understanding of the potential issues and defenses.


There is no other way to put it; the amount of information and procedures to be followed after an arrest can be incredibly confusing and frustrating. As such, having experienced and intelligent legal representation can help alleviate the legal worries you face and ensure that all your questions and concerns are immediately and accurately addressed.

If you have more questions about what you should do after an arrest, contact the Law Office of James Dunn. By working with the firm, you can gain a clear understanding of the charges you face, the potential penalties involved and how to take the necessary steps to defend yourself. With criminal charges placing your well-being and freedom at stake, immediate action and knowledge legal assistance can greatly reduce your risk of suffering the maximum consequences.