Upon arrest, you will undoubtedly be worried about what is going to happen and what the consequences could be. But don’t worry. You have important legal rights when dealing with the criminal justice system. A judge will inform you of the charges against you and explain the possible penalties if you are found guilty at the arraignment or first court hearing, which usually takes place within 72 hours after an arrest. You have valuable legal rights upon being arrested, so use them. You have the right to remain silent, so be extremely careful what you say. You have the right to have an attorney present during questioning, so contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. If you truly cannot afford an attorney, a public defender may be appointed for you. But this is not the time to try and go it alone. Hire a good criminal defense attorney. The cost, which is likely more reasonable than you think, is worth what is at stake.