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I've been arrested! What happens now?

This guide is intended to give you a basic idea of what will happen if you are arrested in Hamilton County.

Need an attorney?

Hamilton County Public Defender's Office 513-946-3700

Cincinnati Lawyer Referral Service (513) 381-8359 or (888) 628-2577


Need Legal Help?

The Law Library is open to the public for self-help during its regular business hours. The information provided is not a substitute for legal advice from a licensed attorney.

For legal assistance, consider the following organizations:

Lawyer Referral Service, Cincinnati Bar Association
A free referral and a reduced consultation fee for the first 30 minutes

Lawyer Referral Service, Northern Kentucky Bar Association
A free referral with hourly fees established by particpating attorneys

Legal Aid of Greater Cincinnati
Legal representation, information, advice and referral for people in need of legal help

Pro Seniors Legal Hotline and Referral Service
Help for persons over the age of 60

Disability Rights Ohio
Advocates for the human, civil, and legal rights of people with disabilities in Ohio

Ohio Attorney General, Services for Consumers
Help resolving consumer issues, tips on scams and deceptive practices

Watch the video

Attorney Erik Laursen of Laursen & Lucas ( walks you through, step by step, what will happen, identifies your rights, and gives a little lawyer-ly advice should you find yourself arrested in Hamilton County, Ohio.