When your spouse or significant other is arrested and taken to jail, you suddenly have a lot to worry about. You’re committed to your ordinary obligations, such as work, kids or school, and now you’re trying to find a Milwaukee criminal defense lawyer to help make things easier on your whole family.
It’s a really stressful time, but it can (and does) get a little easier.
What to Do When Your Spouse is Arrested
The best thing you can do for yourself – and your family – is to stay calm. It’s hard; we know, because we’ve seen it so many times. But now, with so many added responsibilities, you have to stay focused. You can’t do that unless you’re calm.
First, find out what your spouse is being charged with and get as many details as you can about the arrest. From there, set out to find a Milwaukee criminal lawyer who has experience with similar cases.
It’s incredibly important to find legal representation right away. The longer your boyfriend or husband is under arrest without a lawyer, the greater the chances that he’ll end up being questioned by police; even if he’s innocent, talking to police without a lawyer can spell trouble.
What Not to Do When Your “Other Half” is Arrested
Despite how tempting it is, don’t talk about the charges or the case over the phone while your other half is in jail; most jails record telephone calls, and they may even be used in court. The only phone calls and visits that are guaranteed to be private are those that fall under attorney-client privilege, which means everything else is “fair game” for the detention facility to record.
Avoid posting things on social media that relate to the arrest, the charges or the case. Several things can go wrong when you use social media to publicly discuss the situation. Remember: everything you put on the Internet and make public knowledge can be used against your spouse – even if you think your page is private.
The most important thing to remember is that you and your significant other should follow your lawyer’s advice on what to tell other people, how to move forward and how to protect both of your rights.