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What Freedoms Do I Lose If I Am On Probation

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 18, 2015

Knowing what to expect when you are charged with a crime helps you prepare for the future. For example, if you will be required to pay fines and costs, knowing what is included in your total helps you budget your finances in a way that allows you to pay what is due while still meeting your personal obligations. It is also helpful to know what will be expected of you if you agreed to a term of probation, and what might happen if you fail to abide by those terms.  

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How Can I Get My Bond Reduced?

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 17, 2015

When you are arrested for a crime, you may have the right to have the Court set a bond, so you can return home and work while your case is pending. A criminal case can move slowly, and it is important that you are out of jail while waiting for your hearings so you can continue going to work or school and providing for your family. But if the bond is set too high, you should ask the Court for a reduction in bond so it is manageable for your finances.  

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Posting Bond

  • By James Cummings
  • Jul 11, 2014

If you have been arrested for a crime, even if you have a “Get Out of Jail” free card, it probably won’t work. Chances are you will have to post bail to get out of jail while you wait for your next Court hearing. A bail bond is a financial guarantee to the Court that you will return for the proceedings against you. Bail is not a guarantee; the person arrested has to ask the Court to set an amount to be posted.  

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