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What Happens When You are Booked in Jail?

Our Atlanta criminal defense lawyers explain what happens if you are arrested and booked into jail in Georgia.

Honest, law-abiding people can find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Unfortunately, any type of criminal charge in Georgia carries potentially harsh penalties. Our Atlanta criminal defense lawyers know what a distressing time this is for you and your family and that you are likely to have numerous questions, particularly if this is your first time dealing with the criminal justice system. One of the most frequently asked questions concerns the booking process. Find out what happens and what to expect.

The Arrest and Booking Process in Georgia

You could find yourself facing serious charges through the Fulton County Criminal Court or in other jurisdictions throughout the state due to a momentary lapse in judgment, not being aware you were breaking any laws, or even being falsely accused. This is a frightening situation to find yourself in and one you need to take seriously. The first step in protecting yourself and your rights is understanding what will happen.

The first step is likely that you will be placed under arrest. This could result from a warrant being issued against you or due to police apprehending you either in the midst of or immediately after a crime. The fact that you are being arrested means that they have reasonable cause or tangible proof that you are or were engaged in criminal activity. The best course of action is to assert your right to remain silent and request legal representation. 

After you are arrested, the booking process in Georgia begins. The following details what to expect:

  • You will be taken to municipal or county jail, depending on the specific circumstances involved.
  • You will be given the right to make one phone call, which may be to a friend, family member, or bail bonds person. Be aware that this call will likely be recorded.
  • You should have already informed them that you want legal help and refuse to answer questions without your attorney present.
  • They will enter your personal information into the system, obtain fingerprints, and take a mugshot.
  • They will check for any other outstanding criminal charges or warrants against you.
  • You will be taken to a holding cell, where you will remain before appearing before a judge.
  • Generally, within 24 hours, you will have an initial hearing. The judge may order you released on your own recognizance (ROR) or set a bail amount. Depending on the severity of charges under the Georgia Criminal Code, you may also be denied bail and held pending trial.

Reach Out to Our Atlanta Criminal Defense Lawyers Right Away

If you or someone you love is arrested and booked for any type of crime in Georgia, reach out to Ghanayem & Rayasam right away. We provide the strong, professional legal representation you need to protect you throughout the booking process. Call or contact our Atlanta criminal defense lawyers online today.