You never expected in a million years to find yourself being arrested and put in jail. A friend you have known for five years asked you if you wanted to take a ride in his new pick up. As he leaves, he asks if you could bring a few specific tools with you. He stops along the street saying he will be right back. You are cool, so you stretch back and light up a cigarette. In a few minutes you have two police officers placing you under arrest. Your friend tells the police that you had nothing to do with it, but you are placed in the back of a police car.
The next morning you appear before a judge, who gives you a bail of $2000. You have nothing close to that. Other prisoners tell you to get in touch with bail in Rohnert Park. There also bondsmen available in Santa Rosa. You speak with a bonding agent who is very nice. He explains how they will set up your bail, make arrangements for monthly payments. Since this is your first arrest, your bail bondsman stays with you through the whole process and explains everything that will happen.
If you do not have an attorney, the bail bondsman knows quite a few attorneys in town and can give you a list of those who are available, some of whom work pro- bono, others who are also willing to make payments plans. There is no doubt, whether you are charged with a major felony, or a seemingly minor charge like criminal tools, you need to take the situation seriously. You do not want to have to spend amy more time in jail than absolutely necessary. It can be very dangerous in there, and the amount of time that you will get to see your loved ones will be very limited.
Make sure that you are working with a bail bond services who has been around a while, and who knows the system, and can get you through it. How would you do this? When you meet with your bail bondsman, interview him/her before you hire him/her to work for you. Have your family on the outside help you out with finding someone and checking credentials. Your goal is to get out of jail. Make sure that you are working with someone who can help you do that. You won’t be sorry.
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