1. You have a right to remain silent and to talk to a lawyer before you talk to the police. Tell the police nothing except your name and address. Don't give any explanations, excuses or stories. You can make your defense later in Court after consultation with an attorney based on what you and your attorney decide is best. However, in the meantime do not try to be your own lawyer. Many people make the mistake of trying to talk themselves out of a problem and end up creating a bigger problem based on the admissions and statements they make regarding the incident. Remember, if you were a doctor and needed surgery you would be the last person to perform that surgery. It is the same situation in a legal matter. A person who represents himself has a fool for an attorney.

  2. Ask to see a lawyer immediately. If you cannot afford a lawyer, you have a right to have one appointed for you free of charge if you cannot afford to pay for one. You should always ask the police how you can contact a lawyer. I repeat, do not say anything without a lawyer present or after consultation with a lawyer.

  3. Within a reasonable time after your arrest or booking at the jail, you have the right to make a local phone call to a lawyer, bail bondsman and/or any relative or other person. The police may not listen to the call to the lawyer and any such communications made to your lawyer should be discrete and made in such a way that they cannot be overheard by any third parties.

  4. In some situations, you can be released without bail or have bail lowered. Generally, this is referred to as a sheriff's release on your own recognizance and you will be given a date to appear in Court. Please be sure to maintain any documents upon which your date to appear and Court location is identified. Upon release, you should immediately contact a lawyer regarding the possibility of bail and/or release on your own recognizance if you are unable to secure an OR release from the sheriff's and/or jailer. In the event that you remain in custody, you must be taken before the Judge on the next Court day after your arrest. Generally speaking, this will occur within 48 hours of your arrest whether you were arrested on the weekends or any other date during the week. Do not make any decisions in your case until you have spoken to an attorney.