It usually makes sense to think of an arrest as the beginning of your criminal defense case. In fact, you might be able to start forming a strategy as early as you become aware of the possibility of an investigation, in some cases.
Every action you take and statement you make could limit or expand your options after an arrest. The facts of your case also make a difference. Please take this as general information only.
Getting out of jail
One of your first goals would probably be to get out of jail. This could be possible, but it would depend on the reason that the police arrested you, your criminal history and various other potential factors.
Getting out of jail typically requires the assistance of someone else. That person would handle the process of posting bail for you.
They usually start by getting your information from the authority that is holding you. For example, they could look for your name in the list of current inmates of the Anderson County detention facility if your arrest happened in Clinton.
Mounting a defense
Whether or not you are able to leave jail, another option would probably be forming the best possible defense. There are many potential outcomes to most arrests, and an early defense strategy typically gives you more options than if you start later. This is because, among other things, you might unintentionally provide evidence that supports the case against you if you wait.
You might decide that you want to negotiate for alternative sentencing. You might want to fight for your rights in open court. Whatever you decide, your strategy is likely to be more effective the more you understand the legal context of your accusations and the specific facts of your case.