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Bail: Because life doesn’t come with “get out of jail free’ cards

September 8, 2016

If you or someone you care about has been arrested, bail is one of the first issues that needs to be dealt with.

In some cases, the police will release an individual with a Promise to Appear (PTA) or on an Undertaking (UTA) with conditions. If that happens, you will be released on the condition that you show up at a future court date, usually a couple of weeks in the future. Do not wait for your first appearance to contact a lawyer. Kendra can request your disclosure and provide a free initial consultation before you go to court.

If the police aren’t prepared to release you, then you will be held for a bail hearing either in court before a judge or over the phone with a Justice of the Peace. Bail is a very serious matter. If you are detained , you will be held in custody until you resolve your matter with either a plea or a trial. Additionally, bail is a one shot deal. That means you can’t have a bail hearing one day, get detained, and try again later.

Bail is complex and there are lots of factors that the court takes into consideration when determining whether or not to release someone on bail. You should always seek assistance from a lawyer before running a bail hearing. Kendra can work with you to put together a bail plan and argue for your release in court.

Caution: This is not legal advice, and you should not rely on it as such. To ensure your interests are protected, seek formal advice from a lawyer.

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