What To Do Before Turning Yourself In

If you find out there is a warrant for your arrest, it’s best to get in contact with a criminal lawyer immediately so that you handle the situation with representation. Criminal defense attorneys not only help protect your rights but can also take steps to help mitigate pre-trial detention and advise you as far as what should be done to prepare for court.

You will want to know the following:

  • What are the charges?
  • How much is the bond amount?
  • What’s the maximum penalty you can receive under the law?
  • Are the new charges going to violate probation (if applicable)?

The length of pre-trial detention depends on several factors including the nature and severity of the charges, your ability to post bond, any statutory No Bond Holds that may apply in your case and the scheduled operating hours of the detention facility and staff. Criminal defense attorneys can usually answer these questions and it helps to be informed prior to turning yourself in. Your attorney may even be able to refer you to a bondsman. If the bond amount is too high, your attorney can usually request a bond reduction hearing. During a bond reduction hearing your lawyer can present information to the courts that support why it should be lowered. In some cases, they may be able to secure your release from custody without a secured bond altogether.

One of the most important jobs of a defense attorney is to inform you of your bail bond.

In North Carolina, if your bond has already been set by a district court judge (also known as a pre-set bond), it is more than likely it will not be overridden by a magistrate or other judicial official. If you do not appear before the courts on your scheduled court date, your bond amount will almost certainly be increased upon re-arrest. Pre-set Bonds are public record so you can usually ascertain this information by contacting the Clerk of Court in the respective county. If you find yourself in a position where you need to post a secured bond, our agency can assist you with all of your bail bond needs.
Case Closed Bail Bonds is your number one choice for bail bonds in the Raleigh/Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas of North Carolina, contact us at (919) 624-9301 today!