What You Can Do to Help a Friend That’s Been Arrested
When the unexpected happens to a friend or loved one, trying to figure out how to help them can feel overwhelming. People never imagine that they’ll need to know what to do after an arrest, but just in case, it’s a good idea to know how to handle the situation.
If you are with your friend during the arrest, stay calm. Do not verbally assault the officer or try to argue with them. You will no doubt have several questions. When asked politely, officers are willing to give you the answers you need to be able to help your friend or loved one. Remember to ask:
What are the charges against my friend?
Asking the officer for the name of the charge allows you to look it up in your state’s penal code. With this information, you will find out what the officers have accused your friend of doing and have a better grasp of the situation.
Where are you taking my friend?
Knowing where the officers are taking your friend is the first step in making arrangements to get them out as soon as possible.
If you’ve heard about your friend’s arrest through a third party, there are several websites that allow you to find out where they are, what they’re being charged with and if there has been a bond set for them.
Often, the arrest will have happened while you weren’t present. In this case, try to keep your friend calm on the phone and get details about what they’ve been accused of and where they are. These calls are recorded, so don’t ask for details leading up to the arrest. Anything from your conversation with your friend can be used against them in court.
Let them know that you are doing everything you can to get them home. While you have them on the phone, remind them not to speak to the police without a lawyer present. During the arrest, the police should have read your friend their Miranda rights, which state:
- You have the right to remain silent
- Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law
- You have the right to an attorney
- If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you
Remind your friend that the police can’t threaten them or force them to talk, but any voluntary statements they make can be used at trial.
Bailing Them Out
If you’re willing to pay your friend’s bail, you have two options. The first requires a 100 percent payment of the bail amount. If bail is set at $10,000, for example, someone will need to bring $10,000 in cash to the jail to post bail. It’s best to think of the payment as a gift. Do not expect to get that money back.
The bond may be forfeited for failure to appear at a court date, be assigned to your friend’s attorney or used to pay fines and court costs. By law, cash bail is receipted in the name of the defendant, not in the name of the friend who paid bail. Because of that law, any leftover money will be refunded to the person who was bonded out, not the person who paid the bail.
The easier way to get your friend out of jail is to call Goldberg Bonding. At Goldberg, we ask for 10 percent of the bail amount and a qualified co-signer. The process is like co-signing a loan. If a defendant appears for each scheduled court appearance, the 10 percent of the bail amount will be the only fee ever charged.
Over the past 100 years, Goldberg has systematized and streamlined the information process so that we are able to get defendants out quickly and with minimum paperwork.
Bail Bond Services in Minnesota
Since 1908, Goldberg Bail Bonds has helped Minnesota families during these difficult situations. We offer competitive bond rates, flexible payment plans and immediate service 24 hours a day. If you or a loved one gets into legal trouble, trust one of our bondsmen to help you get back to normal life. Contact us online or call 612-333-8111 to speak with an agent today.