Criminal Defense FAQ

When you have been arrested and charged with a crime, it can feel overwhelming. You will likely have numerous questions regarding the criminal justice process. The following are some of the frequently asked questions we encounter at Law Offices of Michelanne Hrubic. It is important to note that everyone's situation is different and nothing can replace the advice you can get by speaking with a qualified attorney. To schedule a consultation at our law firm in Riverside, call 951-888-1574.

What should I do if I am placed under arrest? Above all else, remain calm and be polite. An arresting officer's role is not to play a judge or act as a jury. Being argumentative, combative or uncooperative is not going to convince a police officer to let you go. If your rights are being violated, that can be addressed later on when you meet with a lawyer.

What happens immediately after an arrest? You will be taken to the county jail where you will be fingerprinted and photographed. You may be released on your personal recognizance or you may have to wait for a bail amount to be set.

I've heard of bail, but I'm not sure exactly how it works. Can you explain it in more detail? Bail consists of money or other property that is deposited with the court to help guarantee that a person charged with a crime will appear at his or her next court date. Typically, a person only has to provide a percentage of the total bail amount. For example, if bail is set at $100,000 and a bail bondsman requires 10 percent of that amount to be put up as collateral, a person will have to come up with $10,000.

Bail is usually returned at the end of a case, even if a person is convicted. Should a person fail to appear in court or otherwise violate the terms of the bail agreement, then any collateral put toward the bail amount will be forfeit.

The police want to question me, but I'm not under arrest. Do I still need a lawyer? Even the most well-intentioned person can suddenly find themselves considered a suspect when being questioned about a crime. Even if you are 100 percent innocent, you should always have a lawyer present when speaking to the police or detectives. An attorney can prevent you from inadvertently giving up your rights while ensuring that any line of questioning stays within the confines of the law.

Contact Our Attorney For Answers To Your Specific Questions

If you or a loved one has been accused of a crime, it is important to seek advice from a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Call us at 951-888-1574 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your situation. From our offices in Riverside, we provide representation to people throughout Southern California.