An arrest warrant is a legal order signed by a judge authorizing law enforcement to arrest a person suspected of a criminal offense. If you are a Collin County, Texas, resident facing an arrest warrant, you should not panic or try to flee the law. But you should be aware of your legal rights, and contact a Collin County federal drug lawyer immediately.
1. Do Not Speak to the Police Without an Attorney Present
The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that no person “shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.” This means that even if there is a warrant for your arrest and the police take you into custody, you are not required to answer any of their questions. You certainly should never agree to answer questions until you can speak with a criminal defense attorney who can assist you.
2. Do Not Speak With Anyone Else About Your Case
You may be tempted to proclaim your innocence on social media. This is never a good idea. Any statement you make about a pending criminal prosecution may be introduced as evidence against you in court. And communicating with potential witnesses (or even jurors) via the Internet may be construed as tampering with evidence or even obstruction of justice. The only person you should ever speak with about your case is a criminal defense attorney.
3. Make Bond Arrangements
While there are some cases—such as murder—where a defendant may be held in jail while awaiting trial, in most criminal prosecutions the Constitution requires a court to release a defendant on bail that is not “excessive.” The purpose of bail is not to prematurely punish a defendant, but to ensure he or she will appear for trial. Again, speaking with a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible is essential. An attorney can advise you of how much bail will likely be required and assist you in arranging an appropriate bond.
A criminal arrest and trial is a major ordeal. It is not something you should ever try to deal with on your own. If you are facing a criminal arrest and need immediate assistance from an experienced Collin County criminal defense attorney, contact the offices of Rosenthal & Wadas, PLLC, right away. Our Collin County DWI lawyers are here to help you.