It's been just over a year since New Jersey Bail Reform and Speed Trial Act took effect, and several other states are following New Jersey's lead in eliminating bail for those accused of certain crimes. While you may never expect to be arrested, having an understanding of the process may prove helpful in the event that you or a loved one has a run-in with the law.
If you receive a call from the police that they are looking to arrest you or if you believe that you are going to be arrested, the first thing you should do is call a criminal lawyer. Make sure the attorney has a lot of experience handling criminal cases from beginning to end. You may have a friend who is a lawyer and offers to help, but you really want someone who specializes in criminal law because the choices you make in the beginning of the case can have an impact on how well the resolution will be in the end.