Skipping out on your court date when you’ve been bailed out of jail is a serious matter. If you skip the court date, a warrant is going to be issued for your arrest, and you can forget the possibility of getting bailed out for a second time. If you’ve been thinking about skipping your court date, you should seriously reconsider. As tempting as it may be to skip court to try to avoid negative consequences, you’ll just end up making the situation worse. If you find yourself facing a court date following bail, take the following steps to help the process go as smoothly as possible.
Get to know your legal representation
You and your legal representation will both feel more relaxed and comfortable working with one another in court if you’ve spent a little bit of time getting to know each other first. Don’t be afraid to open up and give them the information that they need. While some questions may seem trivial or off topic, you never know how they may be able to help you in the courtroom.
Make sure that you know exactly what you need to provide
Talk to your legal representative about the documents that they need. Most likely you’ll be expected to show a government issued picture ID, social security card, proof of residence, and proof of employment. You’ll also have to offer your personal contact information so that they can get in touch with you as needed.
If you’re having trouble keeping track of the documents, ask for a printed checklist that has suggestions for each item (i.e. a recent pay sub for proof of employment). With a checklist in hand, you’ll save time gathering your documents. As a result, the process will go more quickly because your representation won’t have to spend weeks down tracking down the necessary papers. The more that you can do to speed up this process, the better.
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Always provide original copies
It may not seem like a big deal to give your legal representation the original copies of your required documents, but it saves them from a lot of hassle. For example, a client could decide to doctor up a utility bill to fake residency in a given location. If the doctoring job is done well, it could be very hard for legal representation to tell that it was a fake document. By the time they figured it out, the client would be long gone. Your representation will make photocopies of your documents and return the originals to you right away.
Offer additional records and items as requested
There are a number of other documents that legal representation may wish to obtain, including a passport, booking sheet, cell phone downloads, and GPS ankle bracelet. These items may seem like overkill, but they are simply a means of securing more basic information about and providing a means of tracking a client in the event that he or she tries to leave town or even leave the country before the court date.
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Agree to personal information verification
Many clients provide false contact information, including addresses and phone numbers to prevent their legal representation from being able to get in touch with them. As such, it is not unusual for representation to verify this information early in a relationship with a client. For example, you may be asked to call a business phone line with your cell phone so that they can verify the phone number via caller ID. In the event that you need to move or change a phone number before your court date, make sure to let your representation know as soon as possible.
If your representation seems suspicious about any of the contact information that you provide, resist the urge to get defensive. Many legal representatives deal with clients who are not truthful. They are simply trying to cover their backs and verify that everything that you say is true so that they can proceed in a proper, timely fashion.
Signature Bail Bonds has been in the bail business for nearly two decades. We strive to make getting out of jail as simple and stress free as possible. You have our personal guarantee that you will always speak to a licensed agent and receive service from our owner, Luis Mier. Our services are available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Give us a call today at 714-240-2245 to learn more about how we can help you.