I paid a cash bond for my friend who at the time was not released on pretrial services he lives 25 miles away from the nearest test facility and pre-trial office. They took his license, there is no public transportation of any kind. Very poor cell service in our mountain valley. With no way to work , no money to pay for tests, and no transportation ~ he now has a warrant from the pretrial services for failure to take random tests after daily required calls. I have a revoked bail hearing for first warrant and subsequent bench warrant of his and I don’t know how to get my money back or how to fight this
I think you answered your own question very clearly in that he was given certain terms and conditions by Pre-Trial services and he did not comply. If he can't comply he needs to work that out with Pre-Trial and/or request a hearing before the Court to try and modify the terms and conditions. He may also try and obtain a hearing to try and quash the warrant and address the violation or prepare to address the same if there is a hearing scheduled. Either way he needs an attorney asap to discuss options regarding his specific situation. You would be well served to talk to an attorney as well and may want to try and show up at any hearing to address the Court regarding your circumstances. Good luck.
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Frankly, the time to consider whether he could actually comply with the terms of his bond (which is what pretrial services is - a condition of his bond) was BEFORE you put your money at risk. If you cannot get him to turn himself in on the warrant, you are going to lose your money. That is what posting bail is all about. YOU took responsibility for his compliance. That was a foolish thing to do if he was going to be unable to comply. If you cannot convince him to turn himself in, that decision is going to cost you money.
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There is not a lot you yourself can do to fight it. Very likely, your friend was put on pretrial with conditions. Monitored sobriety and random tests are very common. Unfortunately, the terrible cell service and transportation matter little. I would recommend you contact an attorney on behalf of your friend and possible address the pretrial conditions.
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