Dekalb County Jail is not a fun place to end up, even if it's just for a night. Even the best of us can make mistakes and end up in jail. This guide will give you a brief outline on what steps to take when incarcerated at Dekalb County Jail.
Even if you feel you have been wronged, it is important to follow the directions of the arresting officer. Failure to do so will only hurt you and never help your situation. This sounds easier said then done but in the heat of the moment it can be trying. If you feel that the arresting officer has wronged you in any way make a note of his squad car number. You can find it usually on the top and sides of his police car. Do not ask for his badge number or be belligerent with him as he can take it out on you in other ways later when it comes to the booking process. The booking process is pretty easy-going but can take some time. The officers and staff will guide you through and you should have no problems. It can sometimes get backed up so be prepared for it to take up to ten hours. After you have completed booking, you can make your phone call and get a hold of an attorney and bail bond.
If you are lucky enough to get in touch with your attorney before the preliminary hearing, he will give you the best legal advice. If you do not have an attorney, the courts will appoint one for you. It is an unfortunate fact but most public defenders are loaded down with cases so you will see very little of your court-appointed lawyer. Usually you get a few minutes with him to go over your initial plea. They usually offer you some sort of deal like a "no contest" that will get you processed faster. When you go to make your preliminary hearing, be ready to do it in front of other inmates. You may not even be in the same room as the Judge as they may have you do it in front of a camera.
Depending on what your are charged with, you can usually get bail. There are plenty of bail bonds to choose from in Dekalb County so be sure to go check them out before you are incarcerated. This could save you hours of being locked up. When calling the bail bond, make sure you tell them your name, the name of the jail you are located in, and the bail amount. You can also get the bail bond to send a quick message to your family to let them know everything is ok or to make additional arrangements.
Again, the Dekalb County Jail is never a great place to be but by doing some ground work before you go can make all the difference. Just remember to keep your head down and be polite to the officers. This can make all the difference.