You probably already know that if you skip bail, you’re going to have your bail bond collected on. And that means that not only do you become fully responsible for your bail bond amount (as does anyone else who guaranteed it), but you may also end up with a bench warrant out for your arrest. But what do you do if you really can’t make your court date? You may end up in this situation and wonder what your options are.
Your spouse, family member, or friend has recently been arrested and booked in prison. You want to help, but you know little about the prison system. How can you support your loved one when he or she seems so far away?
Fortunately, there are several ways you can still support a loved one who is behind bars.
Unfortunately, you were recently arrested and charged with a crime. Fortunately, you were released on bail. While you’re glad you’re not in jail right now, you’re understandably nervous about the outcome of your case.
While you wait for your sentencing, you need to prepare for your court appearance. The more prepared you are, the better the trial will go—and, hopefully, the better result you’ll get.
1. Find a Lawyer
Representing yourself in court typically isn’t a great idea. A good lawyer has likely handled dozens of cases similar to yours. He or she knows what evidence and witnesses you need to portray a successful argument. Plus, a lawyer has the experience and expertise to help you obtain a successful outcome for your case.
Many people avoid finding a lawyer because they worry about the cost. However, there are ways to find an affordable lawyer. You could visit a legal aid society that connects low-income people with free legal services. Alternatively, you could look for a lawyer who is willing to represent you on a contingency basis. This means that the lawyer won’t charge you anything unless they win your case.