When a loved one gets arrested, trying to figure out exactly how to be helpful can seem nearly impossible. Here are 4 things that you should do as soon as you hear news of the arrest.
Find Out Specific Details
Even if your loved one has been able to speak with you and explain the situation, it is also important to learn the details from another source. As they say- there are two sides to every story, and you want to ensure that you are hearing an accurate representation of the events before you do anything else. You can do this by contacting your state’s District Attorney’s Office.
This is a challenging time to keep your cool, but it is imperative that you do so and that you also encourage your loved one to do the same. Both of you need to have clear heads for the events in the coming days and weeks. Tell your friend to keep calm and not divulge too much information, particularly over the phone, which could be recorded. If this occurs, anything that is said can be used against them during their trial.
If the details of the case are particularly complicated (and even if they are not), hire an attorney to help guide you through the process. If they are not financially able to hire a criminal defense attorney, ensure that they have a public defender on their case so they do not have to handle things on their own. Contact a Montgomery County bail bonds company in the event that your friend is able to get out of jail on bail, even if it is just until the trial date.
Be There for Your Friend
No matter what the outcome of the trial, your loved one will have just been through one of the scariest times of their life. They will need someone to be there for them, whether it is simply being a sounding board or an occasional visitor just to see how they are doing. If they have been sent to jail, be sure that you get the visitation and calling details so you can check in and visit, and if financially able, put money into their account so they can buy what they need.
When someone you love gets arrested, it can feel like there is no hope. Doing a few simple tasks right away can make the situation much less scary for both of you.