The person in question is being charged with a felony and had bond set. They paid the bond and turned himself in and was immediately released. "Casenet" shows the next appearance as per the above and I'm wondering what that will entail for him.
He has an attorney and I'm sure they've discussed the issue. However, he's a good friend of mine and as such I'm concerned about him. I simply looked up his case on the Missouri casenet site and was curious what a "Bond Appearance Hearing" was and how it relates to him since he did already put up his bond amount and was released. I was simply hoping a Missouri attorney could elaborate on what this "hearing" actually was.
When a defendant is released on bond, the defendant is given a date to return to the court to make sure they have not fled and to proceed with the process of resolving the case. This is simply a hearing date to determine the next step. The code for this hearing in CaseNet is a "bond appearance hearing". A defendant without an attorney would be required to appear before the court and explain whether they are getting an attorney or how they plan to proceed. A defendant with an attorney needs to contact his or her attorney as soon as possible after being released on bond and see what the attorney advises as the next step.
If an individual has hired an attorney on a criminal case it is important for that person to maintain contact with his or her attorney in order to know what court appearances are necessary. Especially because many dates that show up in Casenet are sometimes changed or amended.
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