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5 THINGS TO DO BEFORE SURRENDERING FOR ARREST

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If the police have contacted you and informed you that you are going to be arrested, there are two ways you can react.  You can get upset or you can consider yourself fortunate.  The truth is, most people don’t leave their homes thinking they will be arrested at some point during the day.  Having that information beforehand can be very helpful.  While getting arrested sucks, knowing you are going to get arrested is better than not knowing.  You can plan in ways that most people who are arrested can not.  Below are five tips that can be helpful given the cards that you have been dealt.

 

1) GET YOUR AFFAIRS IN ORDER PRIOR TO YOUR ARREST!

One of the worst parts of being put in jail is the fact that you will go MIA.  Many people will not know where you are.  If you are arrested without warning, you can spend at least a day or two in jail without warning.  If you know beforehand, you can work on getting your affairs in order.  Call your job and let them know you will be out or away.  Arrange for child care.  Arrange for your car to be put somewhere safe.  Pay any bills or other items that may be due during that time.  Basically, you should schedule your affairs in advance as if you are going on a short vacation.  Often, when people are arrested, they will be released pending trial or on bail.  If you will need to get bailed out, start calling people and making arrangements for bail.  In many jurisdictions, making bail arrangements prior to an arraignment can lead to your being released quicker.  Also try to get your inmate booking number and give it to your family and friends so that they can find out when you will be going to court.  It is also helpful to get the telephone number to the court, police department, and/or booking facility to your family and/or friends.  This will save time that will otherwise be spent on inmate search engines and looking for central booking sites for the number to a central booking facility.

 

2) EAT SOME FOOD BEFORE SURRENDERING…

If you have been charged with a crime and a Police Officer informs you that you have to surrender yourself, the last thing you are going to be worried about is eating.  In fact, most people will lose their appetites.  This is a serious mistake.  Just like the people that push the propaganda about how breakfast is the most important meal of the day, the meal you eat prior to getting arrested will often be quite important.  In some cases, you may not have access to food after being arrested for quite some time.  In other situations, you may get access to something that others are calling food, but that you would rather not eat.  Either way, what you eat before arrest will have a great impact on your jail experience for the first couple of hours or even the first day or two.  Avoid spicy foods and/or foods that do not agree with you.  If you are getting arrested, it is not the time to go eat spicy Indian food or Mexican food, especially if those items do not agree with you.  You know what is worse than having your stomach turning in knots?  Having to sit on the toilet with 10 or 20 strangers in an open room while they become increasingly angry about your inability to stop your meal from revisiting you in a holding cell.



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3) ARRANGE TO BE ABLE TO USE A PHONE

You can not assume you will have access to a phone.  While you may wish to avoid people, sometimes, when you have been arrested, there is a pay phone in a cell.  In such cases, it is helpful to have a phone card that allows you to call a 1800 number instead of using coins.  Do not assume that there will be a phone.  Do not assume that if there is a phone, you will be able to use quarters or other change.  Often, the phone is full or broken.  Your best way of possibly being able to make calls is to bring some change like a roll of quarters (which may be taken from you) and a prepaid phone card.  Also be aware that you may be put under duress because you have a phone card and people may ask you to use it.  This can be very uncomfortable and in some cases dangerous.  Getting a couple in small denominations is helpful.

 

4) WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHING

This is where knowing you are getting arrested before it happens can really be useful.  You may have to sit in your clothing for several days.  You also don’t know what you are going to encounter as far as temperature and conditions.  You may find yourself in a freezing room in the summer or in a hot room in the winter.  You may have to sleep on a floor or hard bench, or spending long periods of time sitting or laying on either.  You may want to dress in layers.  A top shirt or layer may double as a pillow or ground cloth.  Make sure your shoes are comfortable.  Also make sure that you look as nice as you can.  After all, at some point you will see a Judge who does not know you and will be making serious decisions about your life and freedom.  You may want to look the best you can.  You will also want to balance that with the fact that you may not see that Judge for a day or two and you will be in the same clothes.

5) SECURE YOUR VALUABLES

Jail is not the time to wear your fancy watch or to show off.  Often, the police will take your stuff for safe keeping.  If you do have a situation where they take items from you, try to make sure they are vouchered and that you get a receipt.  However, the best advice is, leave your valuables at home.

 

5) FIND AN ATTORNEY

If it is possible and you can afford one, you should hire an attorney before speaking to the police.  You have the right to remain silent.  It is not just a right, it is a really good idea.  Despite your inner voice telling you that you have nothing to hide, you should not speak to anyone unless you have an attorney present.  Speak to friends and family and ask for referrals for an attorney.  Attorneys who work on other types of matters for you are also a great source of referrals for a criminal attorney.  Just because your lawyer is a family lawyer, divorce attorney, immigration lawyer or personal injury lawyer does not mean that he or she does not know a good criminal lawyer!  Call people you trust and have them help you find an attorney.



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*THIS SITE IS RUN BY A CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY NEW YORK CITY AND NOT BY THE COURTS*

A New York Criminal Defense Lawyer describes steps that loved ones and family members of someone arrested in New York City should take to help get that person home quicker after he or she has been arrested. These items will help one track someone from arrest to arraignment. See our full video that describes the process from arrest to arraignment for more information.  The information contained on this site is written by a criminal lawyer and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship, but rather, to give information to individuals who are trying to find people.

How Do You Find People? Arrest Inquiry:

Are you looking for someone?  Are you asking “how can I find people” who were arrested?  This site was created by a criminal lawyer to help answer the question: How do you find people who were arrested?  If you are looking to find people, click the below links for information that can help you find people arrested in New York City.

How Do You Get A Lawyer?:

How Do You Get A Lawyer when you are arrested in New York?  Each person arrested in New York City gets a free attorney consultation with a government provided criminal lawyer.   These lawyers are not all from the Legal Aid Society.  Many of these lawyers are new york city defense attorneys who are appointed by the court.  These new york city criminal defense lawyers are paid by the government.  There are a number of criminal lawyers in nyc that are on the panel that is appointed to these types of cases.  Despite what many believe, many of these lawyers are top criminal attorneys.

NEW YORK ARREST RESOURCES FROM CENTRALBOOKING.INFO (Created by a Lawyer/Attorney/Law Firm):

Click Below to go to the relevant pages (written by a private criminal lawyer):

WHAT IS AN ARRAIGNMENT???

New York Arraignment Process (What happens when you’re arrested in NYC)

WHERE IS THE CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE?

How To Find An Inmate In New York

How Do I Find My Next Court Date? Who Arrested?

How Do I Find Out If Someone Has A Bail?

How Do I Find Out What Someone’s Bail Is?

How Do I Find Out What Someone Was Charged With?

How Do I Find Out What I Was Charged With?

FREE DOWNLOAD – NEW YORK CITY ARRAIGNMENT/ARREST INFORMATION SHEET – Created by a Lawyer/Attorney/Law Firm

CLICK HERE TO FIND SOMEONE’S BAIL AMOUNT IN NEW YORK

Where Can I Hire A Lawyer To Represent Myself Or A Loved One In A Criminal Case?

Where Can I hire A Lawyer to Represent me in a Domestic Violence Case?

How Do I get my criminal record sealed in New York?

Arraignment Clerk Information – Places to Call in NYC if Someone was Arrested or to find out if someone was arrested in New York City.  Wondering how to find someone arrested in New York City? This is a good starting point. Even if someone is in Central Booking or a county detention facility in New York City after being arrested, the Arraignment Clerk might be able to help!

New York City County List

New York City has five (5) boroughs.  Each borough in New York City is a different county.  Each county has a different court.  When people are arrested in a certain borough or county, they go to the jail in that county.  If you are looking for someone arrested in a specific borough in New York City, you need to know the names of the counties in New York City.  Below is a list of counties in New York that will help you figure out what county detention facility someone arrested may be in.

This being the case, you don’t have to be a criminal lawyer to figure out where to look for someone:

So if you think someone is in Central Booking in the Bronx, call the arraignment clerk in Bronx County.

If you think someone is in Central Booking in Brookyn, call the arraignment clerk in Kings County.

If you think someone is in Central Booking in Queens, call the arraignment clerk in Queens County.

If you think someone is in Central Booking in Manhattan, call the arraignment clerk in New York County.

If you think someone is in Central Booking in Staten Island, call the arraignment clerk in Richmond County.

If you know for sure someone has been arrested in New York City and you want to find someone arrested in New York City, click the link on the top of the page to get the number to the arraignment clerk in the county in which the person was arrested.

 

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SOMEONE IS ARRESTED IN BALTIMORE?

According to the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS), “Everyone arrested in the City of Baltimore, or arrested on a warrant from the City, comes through the DPSCS’ detention facilities. The institutions include the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center, the Baltimore City Detention Center and the Pretrial Release Services Program.”

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON BALTIMORE PRETRIAL DETENTION

BALTIMORE Offender Information
For location, identification number and status of offenders currently in detention please contact the Customer Service office at 410-545-8120, 410-545-8121 or 410-545-8128.

 

Locate Inmate in Maryland State Prisons & State Prison Information


CLICK HERE FOR the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) Inmate Locator Search Site

 

The Maryland Department of Corrections offers the following other information online:

 

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CLICK HERE FOR Montgomery County Maryland Arrest Inmate Information

Montgomery County Detention Center

Address: 1307 Seven Locks Road
Rockville, Maryland 20854
Telephone: (240) 777-9730

People Arrested in Montgomery County Maryland are processed by the Montgomery County Central Processing Unit (CPU)

Montgomery County Maryland Arrest Information: (From CPU Website CLICK HERE)

  • How long does it take for an arrestee to be processed?
    This information is determined by how busy the CPU unit is and how long it takes for the arresting officer to complete the required documentation. Under normal circumstances processing takes about four (4) hours.
  • What are arrestees: Charges, Bond, Status, Location of Arrest, and Case Number?
    This information is made public once the initial appearance with a Court Commissioner is held, please call: (301) 610-7212
  • Where can I post bail?
    All bails, fines, and fees are accepted at the District Court Commissioner’s Office and must be paid by cash, money order, certified check or cashier’s check.
    Central Processing Unit – District Court Commissioners Office (located behind the Montgomery County Detention Center)
    Address: 1307 Seven Locks Road Rockville, MD 20854
    Phone: (301) 610-7217 | Directions | Map | Bus Schedule
  • I am a Bondsman who should I speak with regarding information on a committed Offender.
    Bondsmen are referred to the Court Commissioner regarding committed offenders, please call: (301) 610-7217
  • Where was my car taken?
    Referred to Montgomery County Police Non-Emergency Telecommunications at 301-279-8000.
  • Where are juvenile offenders taken when they are not being charged as adults?
    Juveniles are taken to Noyes Juvenile Detention Center. Telephone number 301-762-7800

CLICK HERE for the Montgomery County Central Processing Unit (CPU) Website

CLICK HERE FOR Wicomico County Maryland Inmate Locator Information

 

Call A Maryland Inmate:

Click here for Information on Calling a Maryland Inmate: Maryland Inmate Telephone Services

CLICK HERE FOR OFFENDER CONNECT

Site 44 CALVERT COUNTY DETENTION CENTER MD
Site 71 CAROLINE COUNTY DEPT OF CORRECTIONS MD
Site 15 PRINCE GEORGE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS MD

Offender Connect is a private, commercial service that allows you to add money to a Maryland Inmate’s Phone Account or transfer money to a Maryland Inmate’s Commissary Account

Maryland Courts & Legal Services Information

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In Maryland, the District Court handles many traffic violations,  misdemeanor criminal complaints (& some felonies), tickets, and allegations and many people arrested go to Court at a District Court.

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Click Here for the location of a Maryland District Court

District 1 Baltimore City

District 2 Dorchester Somerset Worcester

District 3 Caroline Cecil Kent Queen Anne’s Talbot

District 4 Calvert Charles St. Mary’s

District 5  Prince George’s

District 6 Montgomery

District 7 Anne Arundel

District 8 Baltimore

District 9 Harford

District 10 Carroll Howard

District 11 Frederick Washington

District 12 Allegany  Garrett

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The Maryland District Court Provides great resources for persons arrested in Maryland:

Click below to go to the Maryland District Court Website for answers to these questions:

Maryland District Court Traffic Citation Information:

Click Here for the Maryland District Court Traffic Citation Page

 

Traffic Citation Fact Sheet

Access your citation information online

Pay your traffic citations online

Postponements

 

These Maryland Criminal Law Resources may also be helpful:

How do I get Information on Maryland Criminal Records & Expungement
How to get records removed (expungement)
Criminal history/records

Office of Public Defender

Contact the Office of the Public Defender by Phone: 877-430-5187.

Peoples Law Library
A resource for legal help

Pro Bono Resource Center
A resource of free or low cost legal help organizations

Public Access to Maryland’s Court Records (brochure in PDF)

 Article about going to Central Booking: Time Served: A Day In The Life Of An Inmate At Central Booking (in Baltimore)

Maryland District Courts Self Help Information

Click Here for the Maryland District Courts Self Help Information Site

Relevant Maryland Self Help Brochures:

How to file for a Peace Order or Protective Order?
(Peace & Protective Orders – printable brochure CC-DC/DV/PO 1 BR)

¿Cómo presentar una solicitud de una Orden de Paz u Orden de Protección?
(folleto imprimible)

What happens when you are arrested for a crime?
(Criminal Defendant – printable brochure DC/CR 2 BR)

¿Qué pasa cuando lo arrestan por un crimen?
(folleto imprimible)

What is a bad check violation?
(Bad Checks)

¿Qué es una violación por mal cheque?

How to have court records expunged?
(Expungement – printable brochure
(CC-DC/CR 72 BR)

¿Como hacer que la corte borre su historial judicial?

What are my options after receiving a Traffic Citation?
(Traffic Fact Sheet)
(Important – new option for citations received on or after January 1, 2011)

¿Cuáles son mis opciones después de recibir una citación de tráfico?
ATENCIÓN CONDUCTORES El nuevo proceso de multas de tránsito de Maryland
comienza el 1 de enero del 2011

 

Maryland Mass Transit Links:

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Washington Metropolitan Area Mass Transit: Click Here

 

 Maryland Correctional Facilities:

via the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS)

BCCC Baltimore City Correctional Center Baltimore Details/Visiting Directions
BCF Brockbridge Correctional Facility Jessup Details/Visiting Directions
BPRU Baltimore Pre-Release Unit Baltimore Details/Visiting Directions
BPRU-W Baltimore Pre-Release Unit for Women Baltimore Details/Visiting Directions
CDF Chesapeake Detention Facility (Formerly MCAC) Baltimore Details/Visiting Directions
CHDU Central Home Detention Unit Baltimore Details/Visiting Directions
CMCF Central Maryland Correctional Facility (Formerly CLF) Sykesville Details/Visiting Directions
CMHC-J Correctional Mental Health Center – Jessup Jessup Details/Visiting Directions
DHE Dismas House East Baltimore Details/Visiting Directions
DHW Dismas House West Baltimore Details/Visiting Directions
ECI Eastern Correctional Institution Westover Details/Visiting Directions
ECI-A Eastern Correctional Institution Annex Westover Details/Visiting Directions
EPRU Eastern Pre-Release Unit Church Hill Details/Visiting Directions
HLTCF Herman L. Toulson Correctional Facility (Formerly TBC) Jessup Details/Visiting Directions
JCI Jessup Correctional Institution Jessup Details/Visiting Directions
JPRU Jessup Pre-Release Unit Jessup Details/Visiting Directions
MCI-H Maryland Correctional Institution – Hagerstown Hagerstown Details/Visiting Directions
MCI-J Maryland Correctional Institution – Jessup Jessup Details/Visiting Directions
MCI-W Maryland Correctional Institution for Women Jessup Details/Visiting Directions
MCPRS Maryland Correctional Pre-Release System Admin Offices Jessup Details/Visiting Directions
MCTC Maryland Correctional Training Center Hagerstown Details/Visiting Directions
MRDCC Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center Baltimore Details/Visiting Directions
MTC Metropolitan Transition Center Baltimore Details/Visiting Directions
NBCI North Branch Correctional Institution Cumberland Details/Visiting Directions
PATX Patuxent Institution Jessup Details/Visiting Directions
PHPRU Poplar Hill Pre-Release Unit Quantico Details/Visiting Directions
RCI Roxbury Correctional Institution Hagerstown Details/Visiting Directions
SMPRU Southern Maryland Pre-Release Unit Charlotte Hall Details/Visiting Directions
THRESH Threshold Baltimore Details/Visiting Directions
WCI Western Correctional Institution Cumberland Details/Visiting Directions

Detention Facilities

BCBIC Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center Baltimore Details/Visiting Directions
BCDC Baltimore City Detention Center Baltimore Details/Visiting Directions

 

 

 

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