At Lauren Taylor Law, we’ve grown used to receiving calls from frantic parents, spouses, and children of individuals who have been arrested in South Carolina. The biggest question is, ‘What can I do?’ You want to know how you’ll be able to see the person, talk to the person, get the person bonded out, and get the services of a South Carolina criminal defense attorney on their side. It’s a difficult situation to have a loved one arrested, put in jail, and facing criminal charges. We’re here to help and to answer your questions about what you can do to help your loved one.
What You Can Do At the Time of the Arrest of Your Loved One
By the time Lauren Taylor Law is contacted by a loved one of the person who was arrested, the arrest has usually already happened, and the individual is already in jail. There is still some good advice that you may benefit from if you are ever at the scene of the arrest of your loved one. The most important advice is to remain as calm as possible and avoid interfering with the arrest. There is nothing that you can do to stop the arrest from happening, but attempting to interfere could land you in trouble too.
Your loved one may be inclined to resist arrest, out of fear or a sense of righteousness if they haven’t done anything wrong. This is a bad idea, and as someone who cares for this person, you should encourage them to do the right thing and cooperate with police. If your loved one has done nothing wrong, then this should become apparent later on, without adding the charge of resisting arrest to their troubles. There is nothing wrong with attempting to explain any misunderstandings, however, if the police officers are willing to listen to what you have to say. For example, if they are arresting the wrong person, and you know who the correct person is, you may want to offer this information. The important thing here is to cooperate with the police, speak respectfully, and don’t interfere if they ultimately choose to arrest your loved one, no matter what you have to say.
What You Can Do Following the Arrest of Your Loved One
It is very common for the loved ones of someone who has been arrested on criminal charges in South Carolina to receive a phone call from that loved one from the jail. This is not the time to discuss what happened. This is a very common mistake that people make because it is natural to want to know why the person was arrested, what they might have done, and who else was involved.
You will have a lot of questions, but you should not discuss any of these things over the phone. Keep in mind that your phone call is being recorded, and things said at this time could be used against your loved one or against anyone that he or she may implicate as being associated with the given crime.
Rather, you should simply inform your loved one that you are there for them, that you are (or someone is) taking care of the things that they might be worried about, like their pets or their children. Encourage them to exercise their right to silence and only speak about the case with an attorney. Remind them that they should not discuss the charges with anyone, including those who may share their cell.
You can even let them know that you are going to contact a South Carolina criminal defense attorney (or already have done so) on their behalf. Then, make that phone call. You can seek an initial consultation with Lauren Taylor to learn more about what you can do for your loved one and ensure that he or she has the legal representation that will prove so necessary in the days, weeks, and months that follow the arrest. The sooner you contact a criminal defense lawyer in South Carolina, the better off your loved one will be. The lawyer will be able to help with the bond hearing, getting your loved one out of jail, and ensuring that he or she has someone to represent them and protect their rights.
Depending on the circumstances, you may also be able to contact a bondsman right away. You will have to wait until after the bond hearing, which may be immediate or may take a day or two to take place. After this point, a bondsman should be able to help you in getting your loved one released from custody. Beyond this, you should contact your loved one’s job to let them know that an emergency in the family is going to prevent them from coming into work for a few days. You shouldn’t give any details on the arrest, but you could save your loved one’s job by making this call with a vague explanation.
You should not talk to anyone about the charges, especially anyone who might be considered to be a victim or a witness of the crime. To talk to these individuals, even if all you want is to find out more information, could later be considered to be tampering with a witness. You should also let other friends and family know that they need to avoid discussing the situation with others. It is best to simply not discuss the arrest or the alleged crime at all during this time.
Most importantly, when a loved one has been arrested on criminal charges in South Carolina, you need to ensure that he or she has the benefit of a criminal defense lawyer. Contact our dedicated Greenville criminal defense lawyer at Lauren Taylor Law to get the advice and representation that is so desperately needed when a loved one is arrested.
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