What happens when I am arrested?
You will be booked at the police station, afforded the right to make a phone call, and be held pending your first appearance in court. You will have the opportunity to have a bail commissioner set a bail, which you can post at the station.
When I go to court, will I be held or released to come back for my future dates?
A judge, generally in the District Court, will make a determination whether to set a bail or release you on your own recognizance. At times, the government, represented by an Assistant District Attorney, will ask that you be held pending your trial without bail. In that case, the judge will likely give the government three days to prepare for a hearing.