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If you have been arrested at Occupy Oakland, please read the following
If you have been arrested at Occupy Oakland, please read the following (includes warnings about filming and participating in Move-in Day).
The District Attorney has recently filed charges against some of the people arrested on December 12th and 30th. However, they have not notified people that these charges have been filed. This means that if you were arrested at any point during Occupy Oakland and your charges were not filed during an arraignment, there is still a possibility that the charges have now been filed and there is a warrant for your arrest.
Therefore, if you have been arrested, you should call the District Attorney immediately to determine the status of your case. The DA’s number is: 510-268-7500.
If you find out that charges have been filed, immediately call the National Lawyers Guild to discuss your legal options. Their number is: 415-285-1011. Please note that the hotline is currently only being staffed after 5:00 pm. If you call before then, please leave a message and someone will return your call within 24 hours.
If you call the District Attorney and charges have not been filed, this does not necessarily mean that you are in the clear. Please continue to call them once a week because they are regularly reviewing evidence and filing charges. If you were arraigned and no charges were filed, the DA technically has up to one year to review the evidence and press charges.
For everyone who wants to know more about their options in this situation, there will be a meeting with a lawyer on Thursday, January 26. If you are interested in attending please contact the Anti-Repression Committee at: antirepression[at]occupyoakland[dot]org or Occupy Legal at: occupylegal[at]riseup[dot]net.
A NOTE ON POSTING FOOTAGE AND IMAGES OF OCCUPY ACTIONS:
The District Attorney’s office has repeatedly informed us that they are reviewing all Facebook, YouTube, and Livestream footage in order to gather evidence. Please do not post any footage that could in any way be used against other occupiers. Please also be mindful of the content of your Twitter and Facebook updates, as the police also monitor these networks.
IF YOU ARE PARTICIPATING IN THIS WEEKEND’S ACTIONS, PLEASE READ:
Be aware that by participating in Saturday’s action you may be subject to arrest. While no one can predict what will happen this weekend, we advise everyone to prepare for the possibility of arrest. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. Everyone should have the legal hotline number written on their body. The number for the National Lawyers Guild is: 415-285-1011.
2. Occupy Oakland’s bail fund is running low and we cannot guarantee that we will be able to bond people out of jail. Therefore, everyone should be aware that they may have to raise their own bail or bond (10% of the bail amount that is not refundable).
3. Everyone who is arrested will need a co-signer when posting bail or bond. This person is responsible for the entire bail amount if the arrestee does not show up to court. If possible, arrange to have a co-signer before this weekend. This person should also have your full legal name, date of birth, and current or past address.
For those that will not be participating in the Move-in Action, but still want to contribute, here are some things that you can do:
1. Call the National Lawyers Guild hotline if you see people being arrested or police misconduct. Their number is: 415-285-1011.
2. Volunteer to pick arrestees up from jail when they are being released. This means either driving to Santa Rita County Jail in Dublin or going to Glenn Dyer Jail on 7th and Washington in Oakland. There is no guarantee as to the exact time of release, so you should be prepared to wait. If you are able to volunteer a ride, please contact the Anti-Repression Committee before Saturday at antirepression[at]occupyoakland[dot]org.
3. Come to court when arrestees are being arraigned. The court dates and times will be posted on the Occupy Oakland website and on the Anti-Repression Crew Facebook page. One important upcoming date to keep in mind is February 6, when dozens of occupiers will be going to court. There will be Coffee Not Cops served at 9:00 am at the Wiley Manuel Courthouse at 7th and Washington; and a rally and march at Oscar Grant Plaza at noon.