I've Been Arrested in Tarrant County. What Now?

The first thing you should understand about what happens after an arrest is that it varies according to the situation. However, we can answer basic questions about what the general process is and how you can typically expect events to unfold. Regardless of your circumstances, one of the most important things you can do is get the help of a trusted criminal defense attorney. At Daniel Collins Law, our legal team has handled thousands of criminal cases and is passionate about providing legal guidance through these difficult times. We are available 24/7; contact us at any time!

Where does a person go after he or she is arrested in Tarrant County?

Typically, if a person is arrested in the Fort Worth area, they are processed at the Tarrant County Correction Center. The officers will gather identifying information about the suspect.

The identifying information they gather will include:

  • Photos
  • Fingerprints
  • Other important suspect information

After this information is gathered, the suspect might be transferred to a different facility, or might be released entirely if confinement is unnecessary. However, the suspect might still need to make a court appearance at a later date.

When does a person go to court after being arrested?

Under Texas law, an individual who has been arrested must make an appearance before a Magistrate within 48 hours of his or her arrest. This is when that person may request a lawyer. The Magistrate will evaluate whether the suspect has the sufficient means to hire a lawyer and appoint a lawyer if he or she does not have sufficient means.

A lawyer may be appointed by the court if:

  • The person does not make more than 125% of the Federal Poverty Guideline.
  • The person does not have more than $15,000 in liquid assets.

Exceptions may be made in unusual circumstances.

Can a person be released from jail?

If you or a loved one has been arrested, consider contacting that Tarrant County PreTrial Services Program. This program helps inmates and their families to obtain a more cost-efficient pre-trial release.

What happens between my first court appearance and trial?

In most cases you will have an arraignment. This is where the court confirms your identity, charges, and whether you will be pleading guilty, not guilty, or nolo contendere. It is best to discuss your options with an attorney before you enter your plea.

Before your trial, the prosecution and the defense will argue about the specifics of the trial, such as the evidence that will be admitted, what defenses will be included, which witnesses will make an appearance and so on and so forth. Your attorney will be able to explain this process in more detail specific to your case.

Learn more about your legal options by contacting our firm today!


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