Category: General

Was Your Arrest Lawful?

When making an arrest, police officers need to follow the rules of the law.  If they do not, the arrest is not legal and it puts the entire case into question.  How do you know if your arrest was legal or not?

Everything You Need to Know About Restraining Orders

You may have heard of restraining orders but do you know what they are and how they work? A restraining order is a court order designed to protect someone from harassment or danger from another person by keeping that person at a safe distance away or risk being arrested.  They are often taken out by victims of abuse who fear their abuser.

What If My Bail Is Denied?

If you’ve been arrested, you will be given the opportunity to be released on bail for the amount specified by a judge.  However, there are circumstances in which you will be denied the privilege to post bail and go home until your scheduled court case.

Should I ask for a Jury Trial?

Under the Sixth Amendment, every citizen of the United States is entitled to have a trial by a jury of his or her peers if accused of a crime.  But is it the right choice?  Is it better for a judge or a jury to decide your fate? Judge A trial in which a judge…

Should I Use a Public Defender?

You’ve been arrested or a warrant has been issued for your arrest.  When the arresting officer read you your Miranda Rights, he or she said, “You have the right to an attorney.  If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you at no cost.” “Great!” you think.  “I can get a free…

Miranda Rights

We’ve heard it a million times on police or detective dramas on tv.  Someone is arrested, and as the detective scornfully slaps the handcuffs on the alleged criminal, he recites, “You have the right to remain silent…” as he drags him away toward the squad car.  This recitation is of a person’s Miranda Rights that…

Helpful Tips for Court

If you find that you’ve been arrested, you know what to do:  be calm, listen carefully, and call Mercy Bail Bonds.  But what happens after we’ve helped you post bond and you have been released?  You’re probably worried and stressed about your upcoming court appearance, but there are a few things that you can do…

Bail or Bond?

People make mistakes.  And getting arrested can be a difficult and confusing process and you will have decisions to make, such as posting bail or obtaining a bond if the judge sets bail for you.  If your crime is minor and you are not a flight risk, the judge may let you go on your…