Your Miranda rights have been read and the police have taken you into custody. You may be scared and confused. You probably have lots of questions about what is going to happen to you now.
Aggravated rape is a serious charge. If you have been arrested, or you anticipate a possible arrest, it is important to know what to expect after the arrest so that you can make sure your legal rights are protected.
What Happens Now?
Once you are in police custody, you should expect to:
- Be taken to the police station. If you have been arrested, you should expect that you will be taken to the police station. The police have the discretion as to whether or not to use handcuffs during this time. If there is a warrant for your arrest then you, together with your criminal defense lawyer, may turn yourself in at the police station.
- Be booked into custody. This should happen quickly after you arrive at the police station. During the booking process, your picture and fingerprints will be taken. Your personal property, such as your wallet and cell phone, may be taken from you for safekeeping. You should get your property back later. After you are booked, you will likely go to a holding cell until you go before a judge.
- Have a first appearance in front of a judge. During this first appearance, you will be informed of the formal charges against you. The judge will make a decision with regard to bail. You, and your criminal defense lawyer, will have the opportunity to tell the judge why you should be released on bail rather than kept in jail until your case has been decided.
- Attend your arraignment. At this court proceeding you will enter a plea. Generally, you will enter a plea of guilty, not guilty, not guilty by reason of insanity, or, in certain circumstances and with the court’s consent, nolo contendere, which means no contest.
- Go through the pre-trial and trial process. This process may include plea bargaining, pre-trial motions, and eventually a trial that will decide your fate.
Some of these things will happen immediately and others may take months or years to complete, but you need to know about them now so you can be prepared to defend yourself now.
Aggravated Rape Is a Serious Charge That Could Change Your Life Forever If You Don’t Take Action
You don’t have to face these charges alone. Instead, you have the right to be represented by a criminal defense lawyer at any time. Please contact us directly if you have been arrested for aggravated rape, or you are concerned that you might be arrested for aggravated rape. Together, we will make sense of the charges against you and help you through this difficult time.