In the year 2017, a total of 10,554,985 people were arrested nationwide, according to the FBI. In Florida alone that year 9,568 people were arrested in Alachua County; whereas 9,154 people were arrested in the succeeding year.
When we think of arrests and jail, we never take them too seriously, because in our minds, it’s something that only happens to criminals and crooks.
All of that changes when someone you love is arrested. Your first reaction is to be shocked and overwhelmed, which makes it impossible to react smartly as the disbelief kicks in. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions, and we understand that.
Which is why we’re here to explain to you what you can do to help your loved one.
Respect the Authorities
If you’re around when the arrest is taking place, take care not to antagonize the authorities.
Remember: they have no agenda against you or your loved one.
Even if you feel they might be mistaken, they’re only doing their jobs. Messing with the authorities and resisting the arrest will only further complicate things for you.
Try and communicate with them politely, try to find out what the charge is, if the loved one is being arrested or only detained, so on and so forth.
Don’t Lose Your Calm
It’s natural to be a little overwhelmed and furious when someone you dearly love is arrested. It’s important, however, that you hold onto your nerves and deal with the situation with brains instead of brawn. Seeing you calm and composed will indicate to your loved one that you’ve got this, that the situation is under control—and this will in turn help them calm down.
Don’t ask intrusive and insulting questions—such as details of the incident. Don’t be condescending toward them, because you’ll regret it later. We understand that you’re angry, but when has being angry helped anyone?
Talk to a Reliable Bail Bondsman
If you don’t know where your loved one is, locate them through a third party. Local law enforcement agencies or government websites will help. Get a lawyer involved. Once you’ve collected yourself and you know where your loved one is, prying them out of their cells is the next step.
You’ll find a charge sheet for the crime (or alleged crime) with the detainee. Find out what amount you’re expected to pay in bail, and consult with your attorney if you must.
Next, reach out to a locally placed bail bondsman. They’ll know how to tackle even the trickiest of legal quandaries, and will secure a bail bond on your behalf for a small percentage of the total amount.
If you’re in Gainesville or anywhere in Alachua County in Florida, reach out to Lee Calhoun Bail Bonds today. We have more than 15 years of experience with bail bonds, and can help you secure a bailout quickly.
You can also discuss your loved one’s case with us by calling us at (352) 379-9100.