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The Documents You Should Give to Your Lawyer After an Arrest

One of the first rules of being arrested is being completely honest with your attorney. More than anyone else, they can help you out of the pickle you’re in. They’ll represent you in court and will try to prove you innocent; but for this, they need access to certain resources and documents—all of which should be authentic and original.

Here are some of the documents you’ll need to provide to your lawyer:

a.     The arrest record

Right after you get arrested, the police officer will document the arrest. These documents are like written copy or evidence of your arrest.

They also contain details such as the date, time, and place of your arrest. In some cases, the report may also mention details of the suspected crime that was allegedly committed. The attorney will want to know all these details to make sure there are no discrepancies and to ensure that the report reflects actual events.

b.     The police file

In some cases, the police may also create a file regarding your case during the investigation period. This file usually includes photographic evidence, maps, evidence logs, important notes from interviews, and any other information that was uncovered during said investigation.

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Your attorney has a right to go through the entire file. This is the kind of information that will help them build a strong defense. Very often, this information can be the difference between whether a judge exonerates or incriminates you. However, the actual file will always remain in police records. You’ll only be allowed to acquire a copy.

c.      Your criminal record

Your past record also has an important role to play when it comes to the proceedings of the case. This is why your attorney should be informed about your criminal record. These copies may be obtained from the relevant jurisdictions where your past convictions took place. You’ll have to request a copy by writing an application to the relevant authorities.

This report will not only show all the crimes you’ve ever been arrested for, but will also mention whether you served any jail time for any of these crimes.

It is generally not a great idea to hide these details—or any—from your attorney.

d.     Your medical records

These records are only useful in certain cases. Let’s look at an example. Let’s say you have asthma and are advised by your doctor to not run—or even jog—for more than one block. For that matter, you can’t.

If a case report says a victim was chased ten blocks before they were murdered, your attorney can enter this record as evidence.

You may also need medical evidence if you were under the influence of some prescription drugs at the time of an alleged crime and the drugs impaired your ability to act appropriately.

 

Before you reach out to your attorney with all of the above-mentioned documents, you’ll first need to get out of jail. This is where DeLaughter Bail Bonds comes in. We offer 24-hour emergency bail bond services to help defendants in Indiana.

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