What Happens After Arrest? Florida Laws

What is Arrest? You are arrested after the police take you into their custody. In other words, you are not free to leave. From the moment you are taken into custody, there are a number of things that will happen. Before anything, you need to get in touch with an Orlando criminal defense lawyer.

After Arrest in Florida


Once you are taken into custody after arrest, the police will bring you down to the police station for booking. This is the process of putting you in jail. Your stuff is inventoried. Your prints are taken. Your picture is taken. A substitute jumper is given. You are searched for contraband. You are generally allowed a phone call. After this, you are placed in a jail cell to wait.

Waiting game:

After booking, you will be waiting in a jail cell for quite some time (up to 24 hours). Sometimes alone, sometimes with others. During this period nothing substantive happens. You are essentially just waiting. If you hire a lawyer in this period they can come out and talk to you, explain what’s going on.


If your case is bondable, then you can bond out and avoid having to show up for your first appearance.

First Appearance:

This is your first shot to walk into a courtroom after you are arrested. In Florida, this can take up to 24 hours. The purpose of a first appearance is for your lawyer to get up and argue for your release, or a reduced bond.

After First Appearance and Beyond:

After First Appearance, there are lengthy time limitations on how fast the state has to move forward. Without bond or a fast-acting attorney, you could be sitting for quite a while. Court dates will likely be scattered throughout the first 3 months (including Arraignment, Pretrial, and then finally trial). It’s important to hire your lawyer quickly in the process so that you minimize your waiting, and maximize the work being done on your behalf.

The Same Arrest Process

It does not matter if you are arrested in Daytona or Lakeland, the process for arrest is standardized and should be the same for any city in Florida. It is a violation of your rights for officers of the law to not adhere to the strict rules associated with the process of arrest and can be defended in a court of law if an officer is outside of his/her standard arrest procedures.

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