MY CASE WAS NOT FILED, WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW?
Depending on the type and severity of the case, the prosecution has certain time frames in which to file the case, and a failure to file by the court date does not mean the case won’t be filed. You should contact a criminal defense attorney to explain the facts of your individual case and they can advise you of the appropriate action. When an arrest is made it will remain on the individual’s record regardless if the case is ever filed and if the arrest was unlawful an attorney may be able to have the arrest removed from ones record entirely.
HOW DO I ARRANGE FOR BAIL?
You can post a cash bail directly to the county and avoid paying a ten percent or more premium to a bond company and will receive the entire amount back once the case has resolved. However, on higher bail amounts a more affordable option is to contact a bail bond representative who can visit the individual in custody and make all arrangements to secure a bond for an expeditious release. Some bond agencies offer a less than ten percent discount to attorney based referrals.
DO I NEED AN ATTORNEY?
The answer depends on the nature of the case and the individual’s desire to minimize the damage and regain status as a law-abiding citizen. An individual accused of committing a crime most times does not have the knowledge, ability, or resources to adequately defend against criminal charges. Conviction can result in an individual’s loss of liberty, livelihood, or any other aspects of one’s life that may be negatively impacted. An experienced criminal defense attorney has the tools to avoid or dramatically reduce the consequences associated with being ‘an accused’. Most criminal defense attorneys provide a free consultation and can provide reassuring guidance during one’s stressful journey through the criminal justice system.
I HAVE BEEN ARRESTED, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Contact a criminal defense attorney immediately. You can receive information regarding bail and an attorney may be able to speak with the arresting agency to negotiate a release on a written promise to appear or release pending further investigation. When brought to court, an attorney can also argue for a lower bail or release on one’s own recognizance. Please do not discuss the facts of your case with anyone but your attorney