Q and A with Attorney Carlos Gamino - Part 1by Attorney Carlos Gamino on 07/01/14
This post is the first in a series of eight that features a question-and-answer session with Attorney Carlos A. Gamiño. As a criminal defense attorney in the Milwaukee and Waukesha areas, Carlos enjoys helping people solve legal problems.
Q: As a Milwaukee criminal defense lawyer, what kinds of cases do you most often see?
Carlos A. Gamiño: We see all kinds of cases, from theft and burglary to DUI/OWI cases. I have noticed that in the summer, we’ll see a few more people who are in trouble for getting rowdy outside; it’s probably always been that way.
Q: What’s the process when someone gets arrested in Milwaukee?
Carlos A. Gamiño: Generally, when someone gets arrested, they’re put into a police car and taken down to the nearest station. From there, they’re often booked into jail. The process isn’t always quick; many people spend a few hours (or more) waiting to get fingerprinted and taken to a cell. It’s up to individual jails how things go from there – but if you’re arrested, you’re entitled to make a phone call. Most people choose to call a Milwaukee criminal defense attorney or their family members, who will call a lawyer for them.
Once they’ve gotten a cell, their case will be scheduled to go before a judge. The prosecutor will issue formal charges. It’s a good idea to have a lawyer with you at this point; your lawyer will help protect your rights throughout the entire process. The judge may let the person post bail (pay to get out of jail) or he or she might feel like the person won’t come back if they’re let go. If you can’t afford bail, or if the judge doesn’t want to give you the option, you’ll stay in jail until your court date.
I really can’t stress it enough: while the criminal justice system does its best to be fair, you always have to have someone in your corner watching out for your rights. There are just too many things that could go wrong.
Our next Q & A with Attorney Carlos A. Gamiño covers juvenile delinquency and what happens when children are arrested.