My name is Danielle Diaz. One of the things I've learned in life, both inside and outside the courtroom, is that it is important to not see others as your enemy. Even though you may see the prosecutor as your enemy, he or she is just trying to do a job. It may be possible that you can get a prosecutor or the judge to be sympathetic and get him or her on your side. In order to accomplish this, you need to understand the law. I feel that most individuals do not understand the law, which is why I was motivated to create this blog.
If your spouse was arrested in most cases, you can get them out of jail. One way you can do this is by bailing them out. Below is more information about this so you can get your spouse home instead of sitting in a jail cell.
Hire a Bail Bondsman
The first thing you should do is to hire a bail bond agency. They can walk you through the entire process making things much easier for you. First, the bail bondsman will determine what the bail has been set to. You will then have to pay a percentage of that amount to get your spouse out of jail.
If you do not have enough money, you can put something up as collateral. For example, if you have a diamond ring that is worth as much as the bail you can give this to the bondsman.
When your spouse is out of jail they will have to go to a court hearing on a specified date. If they go to this hearing you will get your ring back. If your spouse does not show up at the hearing they will be put under arrest and you may not get your ring back.
Learn the Bail Requirements
When the judge sets your bail, they will also set some requirements that you have to follow once you get out of jail. For example, one requirement will likely be that you do not get arrested or into any kind of trouble. The judge may tell your spouse that they cannot leave the state until after their hearing.
If your spouse does not meet the requirements they will be arrested again and in many cases their bail will be revoked. At this point your spouse would not be able to bond out of jail. Instead, they must stay in jail until their court hearing.
How the Judge Sets Bail
The judge assigned to your spouse's case will set the bail. All or most people want to get out of jail as quick as they can. For this reason, most courts run on a tight schedule when specifying the bail amount. What this amount will be depends on why your spouse was arrested. For example, if they were arrested for a DUI their bail would be much higher than if they were arrested for driving without a license.
If the judge sets the bail too high for you to be able to pay it, you can ask the judge if they can lower this amount. Depending on the state that you live in there will arraignment or a bail hearing where the judge will either say yes that they will lower the bail, or they may say no.
Talk to a bail bondsman in your area to learn much more information on how they can help you.