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4 Crucial Steps to Take Before Turning Yourself in to Jail

When you discover that a warrant is out for your arrest, there is only one correct way to handle the situation – to turn yourself in. While the idea of turning yourself in to go to jail does not seem favorable, you can take measures now to make your experience less challenging. It is possible to clear your warrant by posting a bond through Absolute Bail Bonds. Please contact us at 612-333-3030 so that we can go through your options with you. Learn some of the critical actions you need to make before you turn yourself in to the authorities.
  1. Hire an Attorney
If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are facing significant legal trouble. You need someone on your side to ensure you know what you are facing and to protect your rights. The fact that a warrant has been issued on someone’s behalf does not mean that they are guilty, but it does say that the prosecution has enough evidence to presume guilt. An attorney will get to the bottom of the charges to help you determine what exactly you’re fighting. An attorney may also take proactive steps to have you arraigned and released on the same day you turn yourself in. Absolute Bail Bonds knows many criminal defense attorneys and can refer you to one if needed.
  1. Plan Wisely
When a person has the option to turn themselves into jail, the individual is either given a set date and time or they have an opportunity to turn themselves in no later than a specified date and time. If you have the latter option, make sure you use this flexibility to your advantage. While the legal system is always in motion, hearings often follow a Monday through Friday schedule. Consequently, a person that turns themselves in on a Friday should expect to remain in jail until Monday awaiting their hearing. You should also avoid turning yourself in the day after a major holiday since the court is likely to have a backlog of cases.
  1. Handle Important Affairs
One of the more chilling aspects of being arrested and processed into the legal system is that things don’t always go as planned. You might be under the assumption that you are only going to spend a couple of hours in jail or that you are turning yourself in for one charge only to find you have more charges against you. Err on the side of caution by preparing for the worst possible outcome. Take care of all your important affairs before you turn yourself in. For example, contact your job to request some time off and find a babysitter or family member to care for your children. If you take any prescription medications or have an illness, get documentation from your medical provider so that you can ensure you have the treatment you need until you’re released.
  1. Speak With a Bail Bonds Company
Contact a bail bonds company before you turn yourself in. A bonds professional will not be able to tell you the outcome of your case, but they will be able to provide you with a list of possible options for bail. For options like a bail bond, early planning is helpful. With a bail bond, you will be required to pay a certain portion of the total bail amount to the bail bond company, such as 10 percent. Upon receipt of the payment, the bond company will post a bond to secure your release. If you will need the assistance of friends and family to make this payment, you want to start enlisting their help now. Now is the time to enlist help from people who understand exactly what you’re going through and what you need. At Absolute Bail Bonds, we are those people. Contact us now so that we can discuss your bail bond needs.