It can be difficult learning that a loved one was arrested. Many people do not know what to do. This guide will instruct you on what you should do if you are faced with this situation.
When first learning that a loved one has been arrested it can be easy to become upset. However, lashing out at another is not going to help the person who has been arrested. Stay calm, don't make assumptions, and move to step two.
Contact A Bondsman
A bondsman is someone who writes and posts a "bond" which assures the court that they will show up to their next court date. You pay them a percentage of what the judge set your bail so you do not have to pay the total amount. However, take into consideration if you post bond for a loved one they may not be able to be represented by a public defender.
Contacting a bondsman can be a daunting task because there are so many of them. Make sure that you contact a reputable bondsman in the community. If you have questions, ask them. They do this everyday and will be willing to help you out any way they can.
Contact An Attorney
The sooner an attorney is hired in a criminal case, the better. If you are not sure where to start ask the bondsman, they will know plenty of attorneys. Ask questions and find an attorney who will represent your loved one well. The most important opinion of the attorney is the one who was arrested, after all it is their case.
Support Your Loved One
Above all else you need to support your loved one. Being accused of a crime is not easy. That could mean may sleepless nights, hours of frustration and worry, and the social taboo that comes from being arrested.
Encourage your loved one to continue to listen to their attorney and show up on time to court dates. Give them a ride to the courthouse if needed. Maybe take them to do something enjoyable to get their mind off of things. Being by their side is the most important thing you can do for them, and they will appreciate you for it.
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