Few people plan on going to jail, but unexpected events do happen. A person may quickly find him or herself in an unknown situation that leads to their arrest. It is important for every person to have an idea of what to expect if they ever happen to find themselves as a detainee. One of the assumptions that many people make regarding their time in jail is that they have the right to a phone call. This idea has been promoted by countless stories, movies, and television shows.
But do you really only receive one phone call? If the person that you choose to call does not answer, what are your options? First, it is important to separate myth from reality. The truth is that prison guards are not required to offer a detainee any phone calls. Opposed to popular belief, you do not have a right to a phone call, but in most cases a person is given access to a phone out of courtesy.
It is important to consider how and who you would call if you do find yourself in this situation. In the event that you are offered access to a phone, you may truly be offered only a limited time, so it is important to get out the information that is most important. In most instances, you will have to call collect from the phone, which will have an associated cost for the person you call. Be sure to call a dependable family member or friend who you believe will accept the call and who will be able to help you.
If you find yourself needing to make a call from jail, it is important to make the most of your phone call. It is also important to contact a defense attorney as quickly as possible to make sure your rights are upheld.