When you get a call from a loved one telling you they’ve been arrested, your first thought may be to hurry up and bail them out of jail. The faster you bail them out, the less work or school they will miss, the sooner they can begin working on their defense, and the less time they will spend in jail.
However, the circumstances may not always work as you expect with their case, and bail isn’t always offered so easily. And, unfortunately, extenuating circumstances can prevent your loved one from being offered a reasonable bail amount, at least initially. The information here will educate you on some of the reasons your loved one may be given a high bail amount, and what can be done about this situation.
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.