Missing your scheduled court date is not like missing a scheduled dentist appointment. Failure to appear in court is a crime that could cost you money as well as your freedom. Fortunately, if you don’t ignore it and you take steps to fix the problem, you may be able to rectify your situation.
If a friend or loved one has been arrested by ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, it doesn’t mean they’ll automatically be deported. There is help. If someone is undocumented, they still have rights and they most likely will be able to post a bond like everyone else and be released. As with any arrest,…
Home Confinement, also known as House Arrest, Home Detention, or Electronic Monitoring is when a person is convicted of a crime or waiting for their trial, and instead of being sent to jail, is remanded to their own home where they must stay 24/7 for the length of the sentence or until the trial date.
It’s a long holiday weekend and you’ve heard the state police are conducting checkpoints in various places in the next few days. They conduct these checkpoints with good reason. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost 29 people die in alcohol impaired-related vehicle crashes in the U.S. every day.
If you’re lucky enough to be awarded bail and have the means to pay it, you’ll want to make sure you do everything right because if you don’t, you could be sent to jail until your trial. This is the intention of bail―to ensure that you’ll show up for trial and abide by the rules in the meantime.
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?
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.
Unless you’ve been arrested before, you probably don’t have a lawyer, at least not a criminal defense attorney. If you’re arrested for a crime, where do you begin? The Yellow Pages? A little bird? The guy in the cell next to you? Usually, finding a defense attorney is something you don’t think of until you’re arrested for a crime. So where do you look?
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.
You get a phone call in the middle of the night. You’re relieved to find out that nobody is hurt but it’s your brother and he has been arrested and is sitting in jail. His one phone call was to you and he wants you to help him get out of jail by calling a bail bondsman. How do you know who to call? Do you pick one out of the phone book? Do phone books even exist anymore?