Starts the copy on the back of the book, “When someone close to you is stopped, things get crazy fast.” That is surely an understatement, things will get very mad Blinding fast. In “Arrested: what to do when your loved one is in prison,” Wes Denham, coauthor of “crash test Yourself,” is learning to make decisions that are in the interests of the whole family, not just the defendant who was arrested. In an easy to read style, without a lot of legal jargon, the book traces the through the process and includes checklists of what to do and in what order. There is also lots of information on topics I would think when someone is arrested, but you really should.
I still believe that it is more prudent to know what defense lawyer will be called if you need one, for yourself or for a friend or a family member, but if you haven’t chosen anyone yet, read this book and use the parts about selecting a good lawyer and have it private. I think some work in advance, in case you need someone is good insurance.
For those who do not know anything, or don’t know much about the process when someone is arrested, this book will be a revelation. Just reading this book and choosing then the lawyer will be called, and maybe even going as providing a firm advocate “just in case” will be far ahead of most people that are to do with the unpleasantness of having someone bother to shut down.
The book begins with a brief chapter on when you receive that phone call late at night, I’m in jail. ” It provides some good advice, and then there’s a couple of pages on how to protect your rights. Chapter two outlines what this book can do for you and a bit on your system. The third chapter focuses on how to get information about what’s going on. Things like getting the charge sheet, arrest report, etc. Chapter four is a must read for protection if someone from your home is arrested. Check your House thoroughly for anything that shouldn’t be there. Better is before someone with a mandate.
Chapter five provides information on visiting detainees, while Chapter 6 shares some information about life in prison. The next two chapters discuss medical and mental illness, and then Commissioners and prison phones. Chapter nine is not a pleasant chapter, provides information on sex in prison, which means rape and sexually transmitted diseases. From there, you go to a chapter on drugs. Starting to see why it is not a place to be?
Next chapters provide information about the types of people that you might find in prison, and because there might be. Then there is a checklist on the evaluation of the defendant. Do you really want to help the defendant, and is he or she willing to change? These chapters will help you decide if you want to help or not, and what kind of help they offer. Bail and Bail Bonds are covered in chapter 15. And then there’s a bit about public defenders, occasions of reason and the workload that the peatlands. Chapters 17 and 18 are about taking private defense attorneys and provides some information to help you make a good choice.
The next chapters will help you understand the process and cover topics such as legal service offerings and costs, getting more bang for the buck, how to help the defense, the budget for the criminal defense, probation and parole, who cooperated with police and prosecutors and make a plan.
Chapter 27 was interesting, had some statistics on all persons incarcerated in the United States and then the book ends with an appendix containing letters and sample forms.
I found “Arrested” an interesting and informative book on an unpleasant topic. Nobody wants to think about a loved one be arrested, but if it happens, it’s good to be prepared. This book can help you prepare.