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    Understanding the Process of Attaining a Court-Appointed Defense Attorney

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Being convicted of a crime can change the course of your entire life. Because private defense attorneys are usually very expensive, the American justice system ensures that low-income defendants are entitled to a court-appointed attorney free of charge. If you cannot afford to hire a private lawyer, your first step should be to ask the court for a public defender. You may need to provide financial documents to demonstrate that you are unable to hire your own attorney. If you are unable to post bail and have been remanded to jail, a lawyer will be appointed for you during your first court appearance.

    To learn more about the criminal defense system and how a bail bondsman can help you get out of jail quickly, call 24 Seven Bail Bonds today at (732) 418-2245. No matter what crime you have been charged with, New Jersey law guarantees that you can bail out of jail. 

    Identifying Proper Arrest Procedures

    Last updated 4 years ago

    If you are arrested, you will be taken into custody, booked into your local jail, and ultimately assigned a bail amount so you can bond out of jail while awaiting trial. By familiarizing yourself with proper arrest procedures, you can stay aware of your rights throughout the process. Here is a basic overview of the steps involved in a legal arrest.

    Warrant

    If a police officer witnesses a crime being committed, an arrest can happen without a warrant being issued. But arrests frequently occur after a grand jury returns an indictment or a prosecutor presents evidence of a crime to the court and the judge issues an arrest warrant. In either case, you will be taken into custody and booked into jail.

    Miranda Rights

    When you are taken into custody, your arresting officer must inform you of your Miranda rights before questioning you. The officer must advise you that you have the right to remain silent and that anything you say can be used against you in a court of law. He will also advise you of your right to an attorney and instruct you that one will be appointed for you if you cannot afford private counsel. No member of law enforcement can question you unless you verbally confirm that you understand your rights.

    Holding Time

    If you have been arrested without a warrant, you may remain in jail for up to 48 hours while the police check into your background and criminal history and you are fingerprinted. You cannot be held in jail for longer than 48 hours without a first appearance or arraignment before a judge.

    If your friend or family member has been arrested in New Jersey, your first step should be to call a certified bail bond agent to have your loved one released immediately. 24 Seven Bail Bonds has three locations convenient to Middlesex County, Monmouth County, and Ocean County, and our bail bondsmen are on call 24 hours a day so that you can get out of jail fast. For more information, call us today at (732) 418-2245. 

    What Happens During a Criminal Court Arraignment?

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Have you been charged with a crime? After you have been arrested and booked, you will be assigned a court date known as an arraignment. At this point, you are informed of the criminal complaint against you, asked to enter a plea, and are usually assigned a bail amount so you can leave jail while awaiting your trial. Keep reading to learn what will happen during your arraignment proceedings.

    Criminal Charge

    The Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees that all defendants have a right to know the nature and cause of the accusation brought against them. During an arraignment, a defendant is informed of the criminal offense charged in the complaint or indictment. At this time, your defense attorney and the prosecutor may agree to a settle your case without going to trial. You may also opt to plead guilty in exchange for a reduced sentence or choose to plead not guilty and go to trial.

    Legal Representation

    Each criminal defendant has the right to be represented by an attorney at his or her arraignment. If you cannot afford to hire a lawyer or have not yet had time to find counsel before your arraignment date, the court will appoint an attorney for you.

    Bail Amount

    If you are in jail, the prosecutor may ask the judge to keep you in jail or argue for a certain bail amount. Even if you are charged with a serious crime, all New Jersey residents must legally be offered bail. Your defense attorney will reply to the prosecutor’s arguments, and the judge will ultimately decide your bail amount. At this point, you may either pay your bail in full or call a bail bondsman for assistance.

    Do you need immediate help from an experienced and trusted New Jersey bail bond agent? Call 24 Seven Bail Bonds today at (732) 418-2245 to learn why you should bail your loved one out of jail as quickly as possible. Our proven track record of efficiency and professional courtesy makes us the first choice of clients from Middlesex County, Union County, Ocean County, and Berlington County. 

    How to Safely Respond to Aggressive Drivers

    Last updated 4 years ago

    When you are out on the road, there will likely be a time when you are confronted with an aggressive driver. Aggressive driving can include actions such as excessive speeding, failure to obey traffic laws, or following too closely behind another vehicle. Here are some tips on how to safely respond to aggressive drivers.

    Maintain Control of Your Vehicle

    If you notice that someone is driving aggressively, you need to be sure that you are driving as safely as possible. If you need to maneuver away from an aggressive driver, use your turn signals and safely position yourself out of harm’s way. Also, be sure that you are wearing your seatbelt. By practicing smart and safe driving, you can help to avoid a collision or other accident that can be caused by aggressive driving.

    Do Not Engage

    Sometimes, an aggressive driver can seem to be threatening you personally. If an aggressive driver cuts you off, gestures rudely, or tries to make eye contact, do not engage with them. Instead, calmly focus on your own driving and do not return any aggressive behavior. If you directly confront an aggressive driver, you might end up escalating a serious conflict.  

    Call the Authorities

    Aggressive driving can lead to serious accidents and injuries. If you witness or experience first hand an aggressive driver that seems like they could harm themselves or others, you should call the authorities. If the situation seems to be escalating, be sure that you and your passengers are not in any danger. You can always pull off the road or drive to a more public location if you need help dealing with extremely aggressive or threatening behaviors.

    At Greg’s Driving School of Maryland, our expert instructors will give you the information and skills you need to negotiate challenging driving situations. To enroll in our driving school, call us at (301) 703-9075 for more information. 

    Why Police Need a Warrant to Enter Your Home

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Have you been charged with a crime after the police burst into your home without a search warrant? As you will learn in this revealing video, law enforcement should be held accountable for illegal, warrantless searches.

    In this San Francisco case, a group of narcotics officers entered an apartment to conduct a search without the resident’s consent. Though the police said that they knocked and asked to enter, video footage shows that they actually entered the unit by using a master key.

    The professional bail bonds agents at 24 Seven Bail Bonds know that New Jersey jails can be scary places, and our bail bondsmen can help you or your loved one bail out of jail quickly and affordably. If you live in Monmouth County, Union County, or Ocean Country, call our New Jersey office today at (732) 418-2245 to learn the truth about jail bail

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