Three Important Things To Know If You Are Arrested-9c8947

Legal You are concerned when you son hasn’t .e home from a weekend rendezvous with his friends. Since he’s a "good kid" you worry about the worst. He’s never been in trouble…so where IS he? Then, the call you have dreaded. "Mom, I got busted for drunk driving. I’m in jail in Van Nuys." Thank God, its his voice – he’s alive and he’s not injured. He has never been in trouble with the law but now he’s in a jail cell with other people, many of whom probably have been there before. "What are the charges?" you ask. "I don’t know drunk driving I guess," .es the reply. Your son doesn’t know the actual criminal charges he has been arrested and booked for, doesn’t know his bail amount and doesn’t know the name of the jail he’s in. Naturally, the police are not very helpful and seem .pletely indifferent to your son’s concerns and questions. You want to help him get out of jail as soon as possible. What do you do? This is a .mon dilemma which anyone arrested for the first time finds him or herself in. It is often equally frustrating for the friend or relative outside trying to secure the release of the person from custody but who doesn’t have a clue as to how to throw the incarcerated person a rope. It is important to understand that every person who has been incarcerated, with the notable exception of persons charged with a certain class of felonies, will eventually get out of jail. They will either be released on their own recognizance (O.R.) or one of their friends or relatives will post bail for them. However, that is not gratifying news when it is your son or your friend sitting in a jail cell looking at a lengthy and unpleasant stay in the brick house. What a person on the outside wants to know is not merely how to secure a person’s release from jail but how to do so in the quickest manner possible. Back to your son. The first thing to do is obvious – find the name and address of the jail at which your son is incarcerated. It can be quite confusing locating someone who has been arrested. In large cities there are numerous city jails and he could be brought to the one nearest where he was arrested or to another depending on which police agency arrested him. When the Manhattan Beach (California) Police Department built a new jail, theirs had been torn down. So MB police booked their arrestees at the nearby Hawthorne jail. Jails are not prisons. They are temporary holding facilities, located in police stations and their capacity for maintaining people is limited. Rather than rushing out to secure a bail bond, first call the jail desk officer and ask what crime your son was arrested for and booked under. If the crime is not a serious felony your son may be able to secure his release O.R. by filling out some paperwork and signing an agreement to appear in court. For example, Los Angeles County has a program which allows an arrestee to request O.R. release from jail. It is usually up to the person arrested to contact the Pretrial Services Division and speak with personnel about obtaining such a release. O.R. personnel will have the arrestee .plete paperwork, whereby the arrestee promises to obey all conditions imposed by the court, including a promise to appear at all court hearings and not leave the state, to obey conditions imposed by the court, waive extradition if necessary and acknowledge that he/she has been informed of the consequences of violating release conditions. The pretrial services monitor will also ask the arrestee to submit references who can vouch for his connection to the .munity to insure that he is not a flight risk. O.R. release can obviate an unpleasant weekend or more of incarceration. If, depending on the severity of the matter, your son doesn’t qualify for O.R. release, his other option is to post bail. Bail is a constitutional right which allows a defendant to be released from jail unless the offense is of a certain class of felony or is punishable by death. Of course, the defendant or a third person can directly post the full amount of the bail with the law enforcement agency or court presiding over the matter, but the simple fact is that most people don’t have the means to post the full amount of the bond and therefore require the services of a bail bondsman. If an person is unable to secure his release O.R. or post bail he is entitled to an automatic review of the order fixing the amount of bail no later than five (5) days from the date the court originally set bail. When a bail bondsman posts bail, the defendant is released into his "constructive custody" because the bondsman is a surety who is responsible for guaranteeing payment of the entire bond amount if that later necessary. Bailbondsmen typically charge 10% of the amount of the bail. Thus, if the bail on your son’s case is $10,000, you will be charged $1,000. It is a nice windfall for that class of short term lenders known as bailbondsmen who recover the balance of their bonds in the vast majority of cases. That is why making a call to pretrial services may save you loads of money. And provide the quickest way to get your loved one home. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: