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What to Do if a Disabled Person Gets Arrested

What to Do if a Disabled Person Gets Arrested

Being arrested is a stressful and scary time, add to that having a disability. People with disabilities face all sorts of discrimination every day. Research suggests they may also face this discrimination while interacting with the police. This study showed that people with disabilities, including emotional, physical, cognitive or sensory disabilities, were almost 44 percent, in other words about 4 out of 10, more likely to be arrested by age 28, while those without had a lower probability of arrest, at 30 percent. There tends to be a lack of understanding and awareness about disabilities, which makes it harder for officers to know how to deal with individuals in these situations.

The Process

For someone to be arrested there has to be probable cause, or enough evidence for them to believe the person is guilty. They will be transported to the police station. They will take fingerprints and complete all the necessary paperwork while waiting for a hearing before the judge.


If the judge does not think the person is dangerous or a flight risk, bond will be set. If bond is posted they may leave until their court hearing.

If your child is arrested:

There are things you can do as a parent if your child has disabilities and is arrested.

  • Hire A Lawyer

Make sure your attorney is aware of your child’s condition and needed treatments.

  • Explain The Disability To The Court

Attend as many hearings as possible. You will need to make sure your child’s diagnosis is known by everyone involved (including the judge and prosecutor).

Tell your attorney if there are certain situations you know that may cause problems for your child. For example, if your child has clothing or diet sensitivities, having your child’s attorney contact the jail to arrange an accommodation may be possible.

  • Treatments And Medication

Make sure your child’s attorney is aware of treatments or medications that they are prescribed so the jail can do what they can to get the necessary medications.


Prevention is often the best medicine. Working with your child and helping them to realize what triggers their aggressive behavior is a great start. Teaching your child about consequences is important as well. If your child is in school and is prone to disruptive or aggressive behaviors that might trigger a response from police, make sure your child has an updated Behavior Intervention Plan in place and that staff know how to follow the plan. Talk to your child’s physician and counselor about ways you help prevent this situation.

Reuniting DFW Families After Arrest

The arrest of a loved one is never easy to deal with. At A-EZ Out Bail Bonds, we provide friendly, professional bail bond services to all the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex because we care about your family and want to see you reunited as soon as possible. We are here to answer all of your questions. Call us when you need a way out!

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