You have important rights that you need to protect as soon as possible. You are entitled to see a Judge within 24 hours and having an attorney present can make a big difference. An attorney can challenge the probable cause for your arrest, can ask to set or lower bond, and can advocate on your behalf. In domestic violence cases an attorney can speak to the alleged victim to determine if they want to have contact with the person arrested. Also, as soon as you are arrested, the clock starts ticking for whats called “speedy trial”. For misdemeanor cases, speedy trial is 90 days and for felony cases it is 175 days.
Know Your Rights!
- You have the right to remain silent
- You have a right to have an attorney present during police questioning
- You are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt
- You have the right to a speedy trial and to confront your accusers at trial
Getting out of Jail
When a person is arrested, they will be taken to the county jail. In most cases the person can be bailed out of jail. (See Bond/Bail) There are some offenses that a person can not be bonded out on right away. In that case you may need an attorney to represent you at First Appearance.
Initial Appearance (IA)
First Appearance is the term used to describe your initial appearance in front of a judge. Everyone arrested is entitled to see a judge within 24 hours of the arrest. An attorney can challenge probable cause for the arrest at this hearing. If no probable cause is found, the inmate should be released without having to bond out.
Find out when someone will go to IA: First Appearance List
Watch IA court live here: Orange County live broadcast of IA/First Appearance
Contacting Someone in Jail
There is no in-person visitation in Orange County. All visitation is from the video visitation center and must be scheduled at least one day in advance. Visitation at Orange County Jail is subject to recording! Orange County Visitation
Warning: ALL JAIL CALLS ARE RECORDED! Do not discuss the facts of the case over the phone and do not try to speak in code. All calls are recorded and the State can and will use these calls as evidence against the accused! Attorneys can visit their clients in the jail in confidence.