Do you know your options in criminal court? As a defendant, you have several options that are available to you. Understanding your best route, as well as what outcome will come with each option, is important when exploring your rights.
It’s a good idea to discuss each consequence in-depth with your lawyer, as every scenario is different, depending on the individual and what took place. Options will differ for first-time offenders vs. those who have a past record, as well as the severity of the crime. Therefore, talking with your lawyer will give you a thorough look at what’s ahead, and how each of your outcomes might fare.
Posting Bail After a Criminal Arrest
The legal system will determine if you’re eligible for bail, and if so, how much that fee will cost. As soon as you’re arrested, call your lawyer so you can discuss bail options and if it’s best to pony up, or stay put. Bail can also come into play later in the arrest process, such as if there is a court trial or an appearance before a judge.
You should also learn what it means to post bail and what’s expected of you as a defendant once let free. IN general, this means that, for a fee, you are free to leave, with restrictions. However, you are meant to return for a court date. Failure to do so can lead to a warrant for your arrest, and a lack of a refund for the paid bail funds.
Spending Time in Jail
If you are arrested, your likely destination is jail. There, of course, is an order to things including paperwork and transportation. But in general, finding yourself in handcuffs means time in jail.
Depending on the severity of the crime and whether or not it’s a first-time offense can determine the amount of time that’s due behind bars. Your court appearance will ultimately determine this timeline.
Talk with your lawyer about the possibility of jail time and what it means for you personally, as well as for your criminal record.
Probation After Court. What Does it Mean?
Another option that might be presented is being put on probation. This is often used as a “transition” period to promote good behavior after a recent arrest or served jail time. Probation most often means checking in with an assigned professional who monitors your actions and ensures prohibited behaviors are avoided.
This option is often given along with a shortened jail sentence. However, individual options are given for each case; that’s why it’s important to discuss the specifics with your lawyer.
The good news is that at the Law Office of Jennifer A Curry, we’re well versed in all of the above. No matter what the criminal proceedings, we’re here to help you every step of the way.
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