What happens if I am arrested?

Remember that you must demand to speak to an attorney and maintain your silence under the protection of Miranda. However, you will be taken before a magistrate, who decides whether or not to establish bond for you. You may have to answer certain questions the magistrate asks about your life circumstances, but you do not have to answer questions about the offense for which you are under arrest. If a magistrate denies bond for you, when you obtain services of an attorney (paid for or court appointed), you can have that attorney request a hearing before the Court for bond.