Know What To Expect Out Of The Justice System
When you or a loved one are arrested for a crime, you generally are taken to a local law enforcement station where you are booked on charges. On Oahu, that is the Honolulu Police Department’s main station on 801 Beretania Street.
This involves recording information about the crime that allegedly has taken place, as well as basic information about you. During booking, a police officer usually will take your mug shot and fingerprints. Then a background check will be run on you to determine whether there are any warrants for your arrest.
The officer will hold onto any of your personal property, which will be returned when you are released. Generally speaking, you are allowed to make a phone call at this point.
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What happens after the initial booking?
What happens next depends on the crime. For crimes not deemed serious, you are often allowed to post bail immediately. In cases involving serious crimes, you will have to wait in jail usually no more than 48 hours under investigation before bail is set.
What are some other factors the judge looks at?
The judge considers if you have a criminal history, or a history of not showing up for court appearances. The judge may also look at whether you are a risk to others, whether you have ties to the community, the stability of residence, work history, and the nature of the crime.
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