An attorney can talk to a judge, talk to the prosecutor, talk to bailiffs, get hearings scheduled, write eloquent motions, and provide all of those services that a non-attorney cannot provide. Doing this for themselves is not advised. They don't have the access to the courts, clerks, or judge's office that an attorney has. You can't do this for them, because you are not an attorney and filing motions without a law license is unauthorized practice of law.
An attorney (NO attorney) has special sway with the judges.
Please don't misunderstand this and think that an attorney (ANY attorney) has special privileges with a judge to get a motion granted. That is not the case. What an attorney does have is the ability to talk to a judge, talk to a judge's secretary, and help move a motion along in the court system.
What an attorney will do.
After hiring an attorney, the attorney will file Motion for Judicial Release. If possible, obtain letters, references, certificates, and any other points in favor of the incarcerated person so that those notes can be included with the motion.
The court's responsibility for judicial release.
The court must have the hearing within 60 days of the motion being filed. But, the court can delay the hearing for an additional 180 days. The court can also deny the motion without a hearing. This is not always bad. If it is denied at the hearing, then that is a defendant's one shot at Judicial Release. If it is denied without a hearing, the defendant can apply again.
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