No one wants to be in a cold cell waiting for freedom. This is especially true if you’re awaiting your first court appearance just to find out what’s going on. Although bail’s primary purpose is ensure that you return to your next court date, it’s frequently set so high that entire family trees can’t come up with enough money. Sometimes conditions of release make it difficult for clients to get to work, school, or the doctor.
Being charged with a crime is terrible … jail is worse.
Conditions in many jails are less than ideal. In some, the environment is downright inhumane. And although jail isn’t supposed to be a vacation, neither should it be a place where physical and sexual violence are accepted as institutional staples. Sadly, we live in a society that doesn’t seem to care that non-violent offenders are routinely mixed with brutal, often mentally ill, inmates.
How do I get out?
Sometimes, judges simply want to know who they’re releasing and to where. I will gather information about you – including your employment, medical and any criminal history – so I can secure your release on terms that you and your family can live with. Cash is only one option. Ankle bracelets and home incarceration are often available. Some people may even decide to post a property bond.
Whatever your situation, you are entitled to a reasonable bond. Some of the factors a judge must consider when deciding whether or not to grant release are:
- Your criminal history, if any
- Prior convictions involving violence
- History of drug or alcohol abuse
- Employment status
- Community ties
- Family support
- Seriousness of the charge(s)
It’s not just better for you to be out of jail, it’s better for your case. It allows you to go back to work so you can pay your bills and take care of the daily tasks you need to in order to think clearly and help me win your case, rather than just surviving.
Call me today at (502) 200-4482 for a free consultation and get started getting out.