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You’ve Been Arrested: Now What?

You’ve Been Arrested: Now What?

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You’ve Been Arrested: Now What?

Author: Maryam Jahedi, Esq
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If you’ve had a brush with the criminal justice system, know someone who has, or just want to be better informed, this simple guide lets you know what you can expect. Whether you know it or not, from the minute you are approached by police or law enforcement and through searches, Miranda warnings, booking, arraignment, trial and beyond, you have rights!

Written by an attorney with extensive experience as a criminal lawyer in New York City, this Real Life Legal™ guide offers valuable insights to help you each step of the way. If you don’t know your rights or how the system really works, your entire future can be at risk.

After reading this book, you’ll understand why it’s essential to get a criminal lawyer from the very beginning. Do you know?

• When it’s legal to have your home searched?
• What your rights are with a “stop and frisk”?
• Why it matters if you’re placed under arrest or not?
• Why it’s so important to exercise your Miranda right to remain silent?

This Real Life Legal™ book also includes special in-depth coverage on domestic violence, drunk driving (DWI or DUI), non-citizen arrests and youthful offenders.

We cover all that here. And make it easy to understand.

Real Life Legal™ wants you to be prepared.

Maryam Jahedi is a criminal defense attorney with extensive experience in prisoner rights advocacy. She is licensed to practice law in New York.

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Table of Contents

What This Book’s About

Some Backstory: Criminal Law Basics

Accused of a Crime?

Your Right to a Criminal Defense Attorney

Twelve Rules to Live By in the Criminal Justice System

Want to Know More About Your Constitutional Rights?

Getting Arrested

What Is a “Stop and Frisk?”

You Can Be Stopped Without a Warrant

Clarify Whether You’re “Under Arrest”

Miranda Warnings are Mandatory

Identification Procedures

The Search

Stop and Search in a Public Place

Home Search

Automobile Stop and Search

Get a Criminal Attorney ASAP if Arrested

What Does a Criminal Attorney Do?

The Criminal Process―Arrest to Appeal

The Arrest

At the Precinct

Central Booking

Interview with Justice Agency

Interview with Your Lawyer


What Is Bail?

How Is Bail Decided?

Post-arraignment and Pre-trial Proceedings

Plea Bargaining

What Happens at Trial?

Jury Selection

Opening Statements

Direct and Cross Examination

Closing Arguments

Jury Deliberation and Verdict

What is a “Hung Jury?”



Domestic Violence

Police Involvement in Domestic Violence

Orders of Protection and Restraining Orders

Temporary Orders of Protection

Juveniles in the Criminal Justice Process

Does a Juvenile Offender Need a Lawyer?

Court Appearances for Youthful Offenders

Types of Hearings

Sentencing of Juvenile Offenders

Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal

Driving While Intoxicated or Under the Influence (DWI or DUI)

Sobriety Tests

Penalties for DWI/DUI

DWI/DUI Convictions in Another State

Non-Citizens Facing Criminal Charges

First Steps for Non-Citizens Facing Criminal Charges

What to Know When Crossing Borders with Pending Criminal Charges

First Steps for Non-Citizens Facing Criminal Charges

Direct and Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction

Relief from Consequences of a Criminal Conviction

Sealing Criminal Records


Certificate of Relief from Civil Disabilities

Certificate of Good Conduct

Concluding Thoughts


About the Author

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