Strategies to Keep Your Job After Being Arrested

Dallas Public Defender’s handle more than 30,000 cases each year for people who cannot afford cash bail or a private attorney. For many of these individuals, there’s an additional cost to all of this, and it comes in the form of their jobs.

Some get terminated while others lose standing with their employers and are forced to quit because they don’t get as many hours. From there, traditional work is hard to come by. But there is a way to hold on to a relationship with your employer, and in this article, we explain how.

1. Don’t panic – keep a clear head and stay calm

Emotions come pouring in after you’ve been arrested. Hopefully, it’s an experience you’ll never have to know about. But if you’re here, either you’ve been there or you have a loved one going through it now.

You replay what led you to this point. Wonder how you’re going to explain it to the people who matter to you. And yes, you wonder how you’re going to stay employed once your boss finds out everything. Even if you’re completely innocent, perception is reality.

If people perceive you’re guilty, then that means you’re guilty. Innocent or not. And when those “people” sign your paycheck, look out!

Stop right there. The sun is going to rise and fall. You’re going to get up tomorrow, and life will go on. Avoid the worst-case scenario mindset. You can get through this if you keep a cool head. Slow time. Let each breath be all that matters, and make it as successful as possible.

2. Contact an attorney as soon as possible

Getting out of jail should be your first priority. However, a close second should be deciding on your legal defense. There are two options when it comes to this. You can either hire a private attorney or you can wait until after the arraignment and get assigned one by the court.

The first option may be more expensive, but it’s also less stressful. After all, you’ve just been arrested and are in an emotionally vulnerable state. It’s easier to work with someone who understands your situation than try to make sense of the court-assigned lawyer’s unfamiliar jargon.

Either way, be sure to contact an attorney ASAP. They’ll be able to explain your rights and guide you through this difficult time so you can focus on getting back to your job and your daily routines. Stay calm and remember that you still have options.

3. Cooperate with law enforcement officials

There’s nothing to be gained by stoking a confrontation. Any overt hostility, be it taking to social media or calling and leaving nasty messages, can only work against you. It doesn’t matter if you feel you’re being unfairly treated. That’s what your day in court is for.

Save your aggression for a healthy defense. Otherwise, those Facebook screenshots and recorded phone lines are going to come back to haunt you. And it may be sooner rather than later. That’s because you’re likely social media friends or in some other form of close contact to fellow co-workers. All it takes is one mentioning what you’re doing to your boss.

Most employers will get spooked having someone of that nature working for them. From there, it becomes very easy to justify your termination.

4. Don’t talk to the media or anyone else about your arrest without an attorney present

There’s little to be gained by talking about your case with anyone but your attorney. Talking to the media only runs the risk of incriminating yourself. You never know who’s going to be recording the conversation or how it will be twisted later on. Even if you think you’re helping your case, it’s best to let your lawyer do the talking.

Furthermore, talking to people you think you can trust or to whom you think have no reason to talk about your case could result in third-party information being used to help the prosecution.

Work-wise? That old saying, “there’s no such thing as bad publicity”? Tell that to your boss when someone connects your case to their business.

5. Be prepared for your arraignment

Get access to a copy of your police report. Know what charges you’ll be facing. Convene with your attorney to decide what the least damaging course of action will be. If the evidence is on your side, then fight the charges. If it’s not, consider a plea deal. Have a good idea of which course you’ll take before your arraignment.

That way, you can explain things to your employer and make as many arrangements as possible to stay in good standing with your shifts and your job as a whole.

6. Respect the court process and COMMUNICATE!

That means making all your court dates. It also means keeping the conditions of your release. No effort that you put forth with your employer will help if you’re violating the court’s demands in the process. For this, a little communication with both parties goes a long way.

Some things to say to your boss might include, “Look, I made a mistake, but I’m determined to do everything in my power to do what the court expects of me and meet my obligations here. And if I can’t, then I promise to communicate in advance of any potential conflicts.”

Most employers will be grateful and willing to work with you provided the crimes are not too serious. (Then, if they are, it might be difficult to procure bail in the first place.)

Worried About Your Job Prospects After Getting Arrested?

Concern is understandable. There’s still a stigma that goes with being arrested. But you can push back against it without it affecting your work. It starts with securing bail and then committing to the steps listed above. Need help with those next steps?

Delta Bail Bonds believes in being there for our clients every step of the way. Contact us today, and get an advocate in your corner who can help guide you through arrest, bail, and what comes next. Contact us today!

Bail Bonds and Privacy: How Working With a Bondsman Protects It

One question we often get here at Delta Bail Bonds is, can I remain anonymous when posting bail? You’ve certainly got cause to be concerned about it. Just recently, bail scams hit Oregonians and turned up in the press.

No one wants to be targeted like that. And while some will tell you that you can’t remain anonymous, the short answer is actually yes, you can. (But with one major consideration.) The Court is going to need a name and person to return the bond to once the court date has been successfully completed.

If you’re going directly through the Court, that name and address are going to be yours. But using a bail bondsman grants you protection from this. In the following article, we discuss all the ways hiring one to help with your case will act as a safeguard for your privacy.

1. Data Protection

Data security is an important issue in the bail bond community. Bondsmen don’t face the same legal requirements with client protection as, say, attorneys or healthcare workers. But the good ones treat your info with the same degree of respect. This means safeguarding your contact and financial information.

There are two ways of doing this: physical file protection and cybersecurity. With physical file protection, the bondsman will keep your information in a safe or locked filing cabinet. They might also use an offsite storage service to add an extra layer of security.

Cybersecurity steps might include cloud storage for electronic files, two-factor authentication for any software programs that store customer data, and encryption for email communications. All of it is necessary in our increasingly data-driven world.

2. Anonymity

When you work with a bail bondsman, you can remain anonymous if you wish. The only people who will know your name are the bail agent and the court. Your name will not appear on any public records associated with the case. This is important because public records are subject to freedom of information requests.

That may not be a big issue if it’s a small case. However, larger cases often result in an influx of requests from television stations and newspapers or websites. Having your name attached to those documents can create unwanted attention. 

3. Bypassing Courts System

The Courts system has many moving parts, many defendants, and many potentials for distraction. The result is not getting the kind of individualized attention you might want or need.

When you work with a bail bondsman, you get one-on-one service. The bail agent can answer all your questions, provide support and advice, and help you navigate the system. This is especially important if you’ve never been through the process before.

That’s because you’re starting out cold with no sense of who to contact for this question or that. Bail agents have forged relationships with the Courts system, and they know who you need to talk to to get answers. By using them to bypass the system altogether, you’re further reducing the possibility of creating a traceable public record.

Furthermore, they can help you get out of jail faster. This comes from knowing the process, procedures, and contacts.

4 Keeps the Arrestees Case From Blowing Up

Some cases stay small unless a more familiar name comes into the equation. Let’s say that your family member or friend committed a low-level felony. They’ve been arrested, and the media normally wouldn’t care. But someone with the local newspaper going through reports notices that the person is bailed out by you, a respected business owner.

They start digging for a connection. Pretty soon, that aggravated assault on a household family member turns into a story (and bad press for you). This is yet another way that using a bail bondsman helps protect privacy. First, they protect your privacy by ensuring your name never gets to the media. Secondly, they protect the arrestee’s information by keeping a case the media normally wouldn’t be interested in from getting any bigger.

Privacy Matters Throughout the Bail Bonds Process

Getting arrested does not lend itself to privacy, but using a bail bondsman can protect the information of the person posting the bond. It can also ensure that data is kept safe from public disclosures and, thus, keep the case from being any bigger of a deal than it already is.Customers have entrusted their data to Delta Bail Bonds for many years, and we have always taken that trust seriously. If discretion and reliability are things you’re looking for in a bail bonds agency, look no further. Contact us today to let us help you with your case.

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