After being placed under arrest, it is more important than ever to know your rights. Since law enforcement’s duty is to gather evidence and information for the prosecutor, it is important that you protect yourself.
Not only do you have your general constitutional rights in this case, but you also have additional rights that you can lean on.
Right to a phone call
The Illinois State Bar Association discusses your rights after being arrested. First, you have the right to make a phone call. It must happen within a reasonable time of your arrest, and you can call multiple people. Many use this time to call family members or an attorney.
Right to a receipt
Next, you have a right to a receipt. Officers will take your personal items upon your arrest. You have the right to get a receipt for every item taken, which allows you to ensure the return of each item later after your release.
Right to go to trial
You have the right to go to court. Your right is to go as soon as possible, and you also have the right to hear what charges you face. Officers might not even know these charges, as the charges they use to arrest you and the actual charges against you might be different.
Right to bail
You also have the right to ask the judge to set bail. The amount the judge sets it as is up to their discretion and it can differ based on the crime in question and your criminal history.
By knowing these rights, it may be easier for you to handle the charges you are dealing with.