Your Friend's Been Arrested. What Do You Do?
August 26, 2023
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Your Friend's Been Arrested. What Do You Do?

Usually, it happens when you least expect it. You’re out on the town and something prompts an officer to arrest your friend. All of a sudden, your friend is being handcuffed and escorted to the back of a police car. You’re probably feeling helpless and at a loss for what to do in the present moment. Below we’re going to break down what you should do if you find yourself in a similar situation with a friend being arrested.  

When The Arrest is Taking Place

Although you may be compelled to interfere, this could potentially do more harm than good. A police officer is trying to do their job and as long as they’re doing it professionally, interference could lead to aggravating an officer and even your own arrest, to make matters worse. You won’t be able to help your friend if you’re behind bars too. One thing you can do is ask where your friend will be taken and then leave the situation be.  

What Happens Next When Arrested

In order to have peace of mind when your friend’s going to jail, it’s important to understand what will occur during the process. After their arrest your friend will:

  • Be taken to a police station
  • Be informed of their charges
  • Have their personal belongings confiscated
  • Be allowed a phone call

Although you won’t be able to make contact with your friend at this time, there are other things you can do as the arrest is taking place.  

Take a Deep Breath

You have to let an officer do their job. Getting upset and losing control of your emotions can oftentimes make matters worse. Remaining calm is important in order to get a handle on the situation.

Accept Their Call

If your friend chooses to call you, ask them if they know of good bail bondsmen and lawyers. If they don’t, you can suggest they call Hagar & Phillips lawyers at 615-784-4588.

You might end up paying for your friend’s bail, but know that getting them out of jail soon after their arrest is the best thing for them if you’re able to afford it. The most important thing is to help your friend secure a lawyer who will fight for their rights. That is where we can help you.

Support Them Through The Process

They’re your friend after all. Be supportive of them as they meet with their lawyer and await a trial date.

If Your Friend is Arrested, Contact a Lebanon TN Criminal Defense Attorney

With Hagar and Phillips on their side, your friend stands a good chance of winning their case. Contact our Lebanon TN Criminal Defense team to get started on your case today. Use our Contact Form or call 615-784-4588.

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