If you are detained and put in prison, there is a very real chance that you will only be allowed a few phone calls at first. This means that knowing who you should contact first is critical. This can vary a bit depending on whether or not you have a family lawyer. Once you have reached the right people, you can work with them to get yourself free and to remove your name.

The first person that you should contact is your lawyer. If you don’t have a lawyer, then you should skip to the next person. If you do have a lawyer, and you are only allowed on phone call, you can ask your agent to contact a family member to make arrangements. This underscores the importance of keeping contact information current with your lawyer.

Next, you should contact a family member that you trust who can access your things. This person will need to either talk to your lawyer and figure out the best course of action or help you find a lawyer if you don’t already have one. This is also the person who should be able to help you post bail bond, necessitating their access to your things, and ideally your accounts as well.

Third, you should contact your work or any other obligations you have and explain that you will not be able to come in for a day or two. You do not want to say that you are in jail, as it could have negative consequences, even if you are never convicted of a crime. Instead, inform them that something has come up and kept your answers short.

Knowing who to contact when you are arrested and put in jail may make it, so you spend less time in prison and can get your name cleared much faster.