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My Family Member Has Been Arrested. How Do I Get Them A Bond?

by J.D. Garrett on June 5, 2012

When a relative or close friend is arrested and taken to jail there are many thoughts and emotions that family members and friends experience. Most often, the first thought is, “how can I help?”

Every individual charged with a crime, regardless of how serious the charge, is entitled to a bond hearing immediately upon being arrested. This first occurs at the jail with a magistrate who will evaluate the charge, and evaluate the person charged, his ability to post bond, his likelihood to return to court, and any danger he may impose on the community if granted a bond.

If the magistrate does not issue a bond, then you will want to immediately contact an attorney to schedule a bond hearing with a judge in General District Court.  A bond hearing can usually be scheduled within 48 hours of being arrested, and many times the following day. At that hearing, unlike with the magistrate, you will be able to present your evidence to a judge in an effort to persuade him of your worthiness of a bond.

If you need an attorney for a bond hearing in Virginia Beach, please contact me. I am available 24/7/365. (757) 422-4646. I can help build a strong case for your friend or loved one.

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