MY SON GOT ARRESTED. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
An arrest can be a parent’s or grandparent’s worst nightmare. Maybe your child or grandchild made a mistake. Or, even worse, your child or grandchild has been wrongfully accused of some criminal wrongdoing.
In the event one of your loved ones faces arrest or is taken into custody by law enforcement, you should be aware of the following information. Many times officers make an arrest based on alleged probable cause without an arrest warrant. This is a completely legal process. If an officer makes a warrantless arrest, your child or grandchild’s arrest must be reviewed by an impartial magistrate (judge or court commissioner) within 48 business hours of arrest. However, this does not mean your child or grandchild will go in front of the judge for a bail hearing at that time. If a magistrate determines that probable cause exists, your son or daughter or grandchild could still sit in jail for days or more before going to court.
Therefore, it is essential that you contact an experienced attorney if one of your loved ones faces arrest or is taken into law enforcement custody. An experienced attorney can guide you and your family through the difficult process, can meet with your child or grandchild face to face at the jail, will ensure his or her case is properly examined for probable cause, and can more quickly schedule a hearing with the court to secure the means of release from police custody.
Call the lawyers at Petit & Dommershausen, S.C., if you or a loved one is the subject of a law enforcement investigation. We happily serve the Appleton, Oshkosh, and Green Bay communities. We regularly practice in Outagamie, Winnebago, and Brown Counties along with the rest of northeastern and greater Wisconsin. An Oshkosh Defense Lawyer can help.
A blog post prepared by Attorney Nathan Wojan. An Oshkosh Defense Lawyer. Feel free to call Attorney Wojan at 920-739-9900.