Exploring The Legal Process

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Exploring The Legal Process

Hello everyone! I'm Gael Phillips. It is nice to meet you. I'm here to talk to you about criminal laws, court proceedings and legal repercussions. I feel that sharing this knowledge is important, as many people do not realize how the legal process works. My first, and only, scrape with the law left me shaken. I did not know what to expect throughout the entire case, so I felt unprepared for the outcome. I hope to share my knowledge with people who are in need of support throughout the legal process. I will also post stories full of information about past legal cases for an idea about how the law works. The legal process doesn't need to be scary and mysterious. Sharing stories can give others the insight they need about their situation. Thanks for visiting, come back often!

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Two Reasons You May Not Be Able To Post Bail Immediately

If you're arrested for a misdemeanor, in many cases you'll be able to post bail immediately, especially if the police station uses a bail schedule. Sometimes, though, your ability to post bail will be delayed. Here are two reasons this can happen and your options for handling the situation.

You're Intoxicated

One reason you may be barred from posting bail immediately is if you are intoxicated. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, you must be of sound mind before you can legally enter into a contract, and that's exactly what you're doing when you bail yourself out jail. You're agreeing to appear before court at the requisite times as a condition of being let out of jail on bail. Any contract you sign while under the influence can be invalidated, so police will typically wait until you're sober before letting you bail out.

Second, police can be held liable if something happens to you after they release you while you're still drunk. Therefore, they'll also keep you in jail to avoid any legal issues in this area.

The only way around this issue is to have someone else—a friend or family member—bail you out of jail who is sober and willing to take responsibility for ensuring you make it home safely. Otherwise, you'll have to wait until you sober up, which can take several hours.

You're a Repeat Offender

Another reason you may be barred from posting bail immediately is if you have previous offenses on your record. Of course, the date those offenses were committed and their severity will contribute to whether you'll be kept in jail until your court date or allowed to bail out. You'll likely be allowed to leave if you were convicted of a DUI 10 years ago, but be forced to wait until your bail hearing if you were arrested for a DUI a month prior.

You may also be denied immediate bail if you were arrested because of a bench warrant or you already have pending charges against you from another court case.

Unfortunately, there's not a lot you can do in this situation but wait until you can get to court to argue your case as to why you should be allowed to post bail. It's essential you discuss the issue with your attorney so he or she can represent you in the best light.

For more information about these issue or help getting bailed out of jail, contact a bail bond company, such as AMBAIL,LLC.