What Are Federal Bonds

The law can be quite tricky sometimes. But in most cases, it tries to be as accommodating as possible. For instance, Federal bonds come into play if you get bail but cannot afford to pay it. In this case, you may be granted a federal bond. With this, you will need to give the court a surety that you will follow the rules given to you until the hearing. In most cases, the federal bond rules are different from state to state. For example, in many states, you will need a bail bond agent. If you are looking for a bondsman in Connecticut, you can contact us to help you with the process.

How do Federal bonds work?

First bonds are issued at a district level. This means one will be issued to you by the district court. The issuing of the bond happens after you receive your bail but cannot pay it. In this case, the court will issue a bond instead. The process can take a bit of time before you are released. Generally, it takes a few days to a few weeks for the process to be completed. The main reason for this is you need to comply with all the court’s needs depending on the kind of Federal bond you are applying for. Let us look at some of the different types of bonds that you can request.

Appearance bonds

In this case, you need a family member or close friend to apply for the bond for you. The person needs to be financially stable and have a constant source of income. This is because they need to sign a CR-04 form, an affidavit of surety. The person will need to guarantee the court that you will follow all the rules they have stated. The person will be obligated to pay the court your full bond if you break any of the rules they provided. These rules are usually related to the kind of law you broke. For instance, if you were charged with a DUI, you may be required to have mandatory drug testing. One common rule that applies to almost all bonds is that the accused will not leave the state. The court will determine the bond amount, which is often around 10% to 15% of the bail amount. In many courts, the bond amount needs to be insured by a local bail bond company such as Connecticut Bail Bonds Group before your release.

Use personal Property

If you cannot get a family member or a close friend to get a bond for you, another option is using your property as collateral. However, the property’s equity needs to be of equal value or more than your bail amount. Not the value of the house but the equity of the property. To calculate equity, you take the house’s value and subtract all liabilities such as loans and mortgages. For example, if you get a bail amount of $100,000 and your property is valued at $200,000, with $50,000 of your mortgage paid off, the equity you own on the property is only $50,000. This means that your property cannot be your guarantee for the bond. You need to get a property that you have equity worth $100,000 or more to get released.

As you can see, it can be quite tricky maneuvering your way through federal bonds. If you want to learn about your best options, reach out to us, Connecticut Bail Bonds Group. We will help you learn more about what you can do. Reach us through https://www.connecticut-bailbonds.com/hartford-ct-bail-bonds/.

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Connecticut Turns Jailhouse Witness Bill Into Official State Legislature

Connecticut is the first state in the country to sign SB 1098 and make it law. This law requires prosecutors to investigate information on jailhouse witnesses.

It mandates the states’ Office of Policy and Management Criminal Justice Division to create a system that helps track any information on all jail houses that prosecutors can access.

State Campaign Director for the Innocence Project, Michelle Feldman, helped create the bill. She said it was important for prosecutors to have access to information whether the person was reliable or not. She felt this new law would add an additional layer of transparency in how the information given by jailhouse witnesses would be used.

Support For New Jail & Arrest Regulations

This law was supported by many people in the state, including Cheryl White-Mink, who told the judiciary committee that her uncle Alfred Swinton had to serve 19 years out of a 60-year sentence for a crime that he had not committed. Swinton had been arrested in 2001 for allegedly murdering Carla Terry. He got convicted because of the testimony of a jailhouse witness who had lied to the court. He was not able to obtain a bail bond for murder for his alleged crimes. He was freed from jail in 2018 after DNA evidence was re-examined.

The Connecticut American Civil Liberties Union and the Chief Public Defender also supported this law. It gives many defense attorneys the right to get detailed information about a jailhouse witness and request a hearing based on how reliable the testimony is. As per this law, prosecutors will have to give information on the witnesses’ criminal background, any pending cases they have, any cases for which they testified, and how it benefited them. All this information will have to be given within 45 days of the defense attorney asking for it.

If any defense attorney requests a hearing on the witness, the evidence and testimony provided will have to be reviewed. The review will also include whether it was obtained by any other means other than from the defendant.

Feldman said that many jailhouse informants are strongly motivated to lie, and hence it was important to have transparency at all levels in the system. The newly signed Jailhouse Witness Law would mean that jailed informants would be up to a lot more scrutiny when it comes to their testimonials in other cases.

Potential Concerns About The Jailhouse Witness Law

However, some prosecutors believed that his law could raise other problems. They thought this law would require every potential jailhouse witness to be questioned by a judge.

The Innocence Project states that the new law will only help prevent cases like Swinton’s and Miguel Roman, who had to spend 20 years in jail after being punished for murdering his girlfriend. In this case, the conviction was based on a jailhouse witness’s testimony that Roman confessed to the crime when he was being held while waiting for his trial. The witness said he did not receive anything for his cooperation in the trial. But prosecutors dismissed his larceny charges and recommended time served after the trial. However, after two decades, it was proved through DNA testing that Roman was not the killer.

This new law was signed by Gov. Ned Lamont and is a part of the Innocence Project’s work to exonerate innocent people and address the system’s flaws that lead to wrongful convictions in the first place.

Consult With a Connecticut Bail Bondsman For More

Like the new Jailhouse Witness Law, Connecticut Bail Bonds Group always puts justice and the needs of its local clients first. If you or a loved one has been arrested in Hartford County, contact our bail bondsmen today.

Connecticut State Employees Still Without Medical Leave For Families

Businesses in Connecticut are forced to abide by the state’s latest Paid Family Medical leave regulations. However, Connecticut has had trouble getting this provision to work for non-unionized employees. This would include local bail bondsmen serving the Tolland County area, like Connecticut Bail Bonds Group.

Over 60,000 businesses enrolled with Connecticut to begin a compulsory deduction of 0.5% in payroll for the non-unionized and private sector employees.

The leader of the Republican House, Vincent Candelora, gave his opinion about this provision in a letter to Kevin Lembo, State Comptroller. In the letter, he said that Connecticut did not have a process to implement payroll deductions on its own. He mentioned that this was proof that this program was not fully ready to be rolled out yet. He reiterated that these kinds of problems with the program, along with COVID-19, supported the theory that it should not have been implemented so soon.

Further, a spokesperson from Lembo’s office stated that their financial software cannot correctly apply the deductions. Hence, a decision had been taken to further delay the process till a customized solution could be found to ensure that employees that did not qualify for this provision were not charged.

What’s Next For Connecticut’s Non-Union Employees?

As a result, all non-union payroll deductions will not start in the second pay cycle in the month of April. A 1% catch-up for each pay cycle is expected to get the retroactive total back to 01 January.

Republicans last year had constantly asked Gov. Ned Lamont to further push the implementation of the paid family medical leave program, stating it would create a lot of stress for businesses and cash-strapped residents. With this in mind, it was decided to again delay paid medical leave for families of state employees.

The Fight For Paid Medical Leave Continues

The Connecticut Paid Leave Authority has now held a press conference to encourage over 44,000 businesses to abide by this new paid family medical leave program.

Criteria For Bail Bonds Changed For Low Income Households

A committee of State Superior Court judges has unanimously approved a new rule that allows low-income defendants to post 10% of their bond as cash to a court or police department. This applies only to bonds where the amount is $20,000 or less.

Many detractors of the decision feel that this decision circumvents the General Assembly’s will, and will mostly cost the state’s bond industry close to 50% of their business.

Alex Tsarkov, Sentencing Commission Executive Director, stated that it was a huge change and would need a long time in the legislature. Many people who need the bond, contact a bail bondsman, and the bond industry benefits. The difference with the 10% cash bond decision is that they will get it back once the case is completed.

This change to bail bonds regulations took effect from January 2020 onward. This decision will help multiple individuals who have been stuck in jail just because they could not afford a bail bondsman while their case was pending.

Tsarkov felt that the amount of money a person had or did not have should have no role in deciding whether he/she can be detained or not.

What Bail Bondsmen Should Expect Next

According to the Bail Association of Connecticut (BAC), the bond industry in the state can lose close to 50% of its business because of this decision.

They challenged the logic behind the change and claimed that it will cause defendants to abscond instead of appearing in court and that any money that gets collected will end up in state coffers.

Andrew Marocchini, President of the BAD, said that while the entire reason for this change was to help the indigent, he felt the 10% option did nothing to help them. He felt that while 50% of the bail bonds industry could get wiped out by this decision, it would be easier to handle it if it actually helped people.

Marocchini feels that very few defendants will be able to give the 10%. For a bond of $10,000, a bondsman would usually get $850 from the client that he/she can pay in installments. Once the case is over, the bondsman could keep the money as a fee for his services.

If his client misses court, the bondsman would be able to put the remaining money and look for him/her to make sure any further court appearances are not missed. In some cases, relatives could put up collaterals, thereby making it even more difficult for the defendant to flee.

Marocchini felt that with the new rule, the defendant had no incentive to show up in court for the case after the 10% was given.

Connecticut’s 10% Bail Rule Expanded

As per a law passed in 2017, defendants can already use the 10% cash option if their bond was less than $20,000, provided a judge permitted it. However, very few defendants used this option. The Sentencing Commission requested a change in the state law in 2017 to let all defendants with bonds of $20,000 or less use the 10% option. However, the legislature agreed to it only after getting the approval of the judge.

This change was recommended by the Rules Committee of the Superior Court. This judicial body was made completely of judges, letting the defendants automatically have the 10% cash option if they want to.

If the defendant chose this option, the court would hold the money and return it to the defendant at the end of the case. In case the defendant didn’t show up, then the money would be forfeited, and the individual would be responsible for the other 90% of the bond as well.

After calculating bail rates, depending on the circumstances of the individual, many individuals and families found that the 10% cash option was a better fit for their finances. Others, particularly those with higher bonds set, found that it was still more beneficial to consult with a local bondsman.

Consult With A Hartford Bail Bonds Agent

In some cases, the new regulations for bail bonds will be a great help, particularly for lower-income families and the destitute. However, bail amounts can vary greatly depending on the crime, prior offenses, and your risk of skipping court. If you are uncertain about your options for bail, our compassionate bondsman and bonds team are here to help you learn more about bail financing and payment options that may be right for you. Call today for more information.

State’s Medical Marijuana Plan Adds 5 New Treatable Conditions

The state’s medical marijuana program got five new conditions for treatment at the latest Board of Physicians meeting.

Treating More Conditions With Marijuana

The program currently has over 33,000 patients and 1,111 prescribing physicians. The conditions added to this program include:

  • Interstitial Cystitis for adults only
  • Intractable Neuropathic Pain that is unresponsive to standard patients
  • Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Vulvodynia and Vulvar Burning

These five conditions that are getting included in the Medical Marijuana Program’s regulations should get approved by the Regulations Review Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly.

What About Patients With Chronic Pain?

However, chronic pain did not make it to this list. Instead, the committee tabled the decision about adding it to the list for a meeting in the future. Despite a pitch to include it by Brian Essenter, a medical marijuana counselor, the board took this decision.

Essenter informed the board that multiple states allow treating chronic pain with medical marijuana.

Essenter stated that with the cracking down on opioid prescriptions in the state because of overdose, patients who suffer from chronic pain are looking at alternatives.

He mentioned that many other states had successfully weaned patients off opioid prescriptions with medical marijuana. He also stated that adding chronic pain to the list was not about getting high but about improving the patients’ quality of life.

How Connecticut Arrest Numbers Could Impact the Decision

The records for marijuana bail bonds and bail for other drug charges show that Connecticut has seen its fair share of drug abuse. However, there is potential for the benefits of medical marijuana in cases of chronic pain to outweigh those possible negatives of drug abuse.

Board members, however, said that the problem with adding chronic pain as a condition to the list was that its definition needed to be further narrowed down.

Dr. Jonathan Kost stated that they needed to take care about not keeping the definition too broad. He and other board members felt they needed more time to determine whether any specific conditions could be connected to the category of chronic pain.

The next meeting to discuss adding chronic pain to the list will be announced once the date is decided. All officials involved will further discuss potentially adding chronic pain to the list during that meeting. They will also discuss whether the condition should be further narrowed and clearly defined before adding it to the program.

Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull said that she wanted to thank all the people who testified at the meeting and the Board of Physicians for their thoughtful discussion. She mentioned that the program relied on the guidance and advice that was received from the medical community, which includes the Board. Michelle was happy with how the state’s program had developed to support over 30,000 patients suffering from severe conditions.

The Future of Medical Marijuana Accessibility in Connecticut

While all efforts to make recreational marijuana legal have been paused in the legislature in the state for the last few years, the Medical Marijuana Program has grown considerably during that period in Connecticut. It today treats over 30 medical problems.

Nine new dispensaries were approved in New Haven, Stamford, Meriden, Westport, Torrington, Newington, Groton, Windham, and Mansfield. Seagull stated that one of the main goals of setting up additional dispensaries was to ensure all patients that need medical marijuana don’t have to go very far to get it.

Is 2021 Connecticut’s Year For Legalization of Marijuana?

With a large number of neighboring states legalizing marijuana and a projected state budget that is deficit hungry for new sources of revenue, many advocates feel that 2021 will be the year when Marijuana will be legalized in Connecticut, which could coincide with other recent changes to legal processing and bail laws reported by bondsmen serving Hartford County and the surrounding areas of Connecticut.

Legalization has seen momentum on a few fronts across the country. New Jersey was one of the few states that legalized recreational marijuana. Massachusetts legalized it 4 years ago. As per Gov. Ned Lamont, Rhode Island and New York may follow suit soon.

State Deficit Could Impact Legalization Bid

The state of Connecticut is facing a projected $1.2 billion deficit in its budget. A study from economists in October 2020 at the University of Connecticut suggested that legalizing cannabis can help generate a large amount of tax revenue for the state. The projected revenue is about $952 million in the first five years itself. Gov. Lamont, who has supported the legalization of marijuana, previously said that they had not ruled it out as a revenue option.

There is also considerable public support for the legalization of marijuana. A Pew Research Center survey in 2019 showed that about two-thirds of Americans believe that marijuana should be legal in the country. This would also eliminate the need for bail for marijuana charges and open the way to potential release for prior offenders.

Sen. Gary Winfield, who has previously been at the forefront of efforts to legalize cannabis in earlier legislative sessions, said that barring any unforeseen problems like the pandemic, the substance may be legalized during the 2021 session.

The election’s outcome has also given supporters more flexibility in guiding a bill to legalize marijuana through a legislative process. The Democrats have picked up seats in both chambers. As a result, they have a wider majority on the individual legislative committees where the bill needs to be cleared.

Adam Wood, co-director of the Connecticut Coalition to Regulate Marijuana, stated that he thinks the additions in the Senate and the House would be extremely helpful in their efforts to legalize marijuana.

Wood stated that the officials should let revenue from marijuana sales be a part of the state’s post-COVID recovery plan. He, however, also put a lot of stress on public health concerns.

Concerns For Legalization of Recreational Marijuana

Some Connecticut lawmakers have concerns about the message that legalizing marijuana would send. Sen Jon Kissel, who is the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said that many communities are already struggling with an opioid epidemic. With Heroin already out there, he was apprehensive about legalizing marijuana and regulating it. He felt that legalizing marijuana could send a mixed message to people.

Kissel said many residents in his district in Enfield, which borders Massachusetts, did not want marijuana dispensaries in their communities. He also mentioned that he was not majorly against the use of marijuana and thought that it was better than alcohol in many ways. But he also felt that it was one more thing that did not enhance society.

It stays to be seen whether Marijuana will be finally legalized in Connecticut in 2021 or not. How the next few months pan out can give us a fair idea.

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Should I Turn Myself Into The Police Following A Connecticut Warrant Issuance?

Have you committed a crime or found yourself on the wrong side of the law, and you’re afraid of getting arrested? Are you contemplating whether to stand and face arrest or run away like hell? Amid this confusion, thinking on your feet can be a valuable trait to have in such situations. Even if you get arrested, there can be room for leniency. It’s worth noting that panic and confession to the Police may not be a helpful idea either. The right person to confess to is your attorney, as they are there to help you and not judge. Besides talking to your lawyer, consider hiring or contacting a bondsman in Connecticut before surrendering to the Police.

Should I Run Like Hell Or Turn In For Arrest?

If whatever crime you committed left you feeling remorseful, you may want to change your ways or rehabilitate yourself. Individuals looking forward to rehabilitation don’t go to the Police immediately. They also don’t run away. The first step they think of is hiring an experienced criminal attorney to defend them in court.

No Laws Oblige You To Turn Yourself When You Commit A Crime

If you’ve committed a crime and the authority has been notified, an arrest warrant will be issued. The Police will embark on finding and detaining you as soon as they can. Don’t panic and surrender yourself to the nearest police station. Instead, use the little time you have to make helpful calls. Get in touch with an attorney and share your story with them. They’re going to use their expertise to work things out for you.

The code of confidentiality prohibits criminal defense lawyers from testifying against you. If you aren’t ready to surrender to the Police after speaking to your attorney, they can’t go to the Police to testify unless you permit them. Talking to an attorney will give you insights into two things about your case; the severity of the crime and how to cope with it.

After getting insights into your case and its severity, you may think of other options. For instance, you may feel that escaping to Mexico will be a good idea here. But it may not be; it rarely is. Depending on your case’s intensity, the Police can seek international criminal justice to bring you back home. It may complicate your case.

What Are The Benefits Of Turning Surrendering To The Police?

Although many individuals don’t know, there’re many benefits for those who turn themselves in. They include the following:

  • No physical police harassment was witnessed during arrests.
  • It enhances your chances of securing a lower or free bail. You’re more likely to get a Release on Recognizance and avoid detainment while waiting for court hearings.
  • It can also serve as a show of good behavior and readiness for rehabilitation depending on the crime. It can be a pathway to a reduced jail term or suspended sentence.
  • If you’ve been involved in a hit-and-run accident and you turn yourself into the Police to record a statement, it will increase your indemnity. Most insurance companies decline to pay legal dues of the person you hit, or their loved ones have threatened to court. Accepting the accident’s responsibility by turning yourself into the Police strengthens your good faith with the insurance company.

It’s worth noting that an arrest warrant has no time limit. There’s no way someone can hide, hoping the statute limitations will expire because they won’t. It’s necessary to turn yourself into the Police and get over it. Consult a criminal defense lawyer when contemplating your legal future.

What Options Do You Use To Turn Yourself In?

As you plan to surrender yourself to the Police, these methods will be helpful.

  • First, it would help if you consulted a criminal attorney. Remember, your defense attorney will depend on the information that you give them when building a defense for your case.
  • Talk to a bail bond agent to post bail to secure your release once the bail has been determined. It will help if you attend court sessions without being detained. Attending your hearings as a free person allows you to continue with your daily life with minor disruptions.
  • Inquire if your selected bondsman warrants you a walkthrough to get out of police custody quickly. It’s essential to be armed with bond paperwork and prepaid bond to fasten your release.

It can be challenging to find yourself in a situation where you’re contemplating whether to run away from the police or face arrest. Nobody enjoys being a state guest. Besides disrupting your life, it may stain your reputation. You can choose to dodge arrest and spend your life living in hideouts or incognito. With time, the Police may catch up with you when you least expect them. It’s advisable to talk to a seasoned attorney to prepare to defend you in court. Also, talk to a reliable bond dealer to bail you out and surrender yourself to the Police. It will not only be less dramatic but also makes the process easier.

Contact Connecticut Bail Bonds Group

If you embark on a search for a bail bond near me, Connecticut Bail Bonds Group has your needs covered. The company offers a wide array of bonds, including assault, domestic violence, burglary, DUI bonds, and bail for murder. We have bailed several clients and simplified their court hearings. At Connecticut Bail Bonds Group, we are committed to helping our clients attend court trials while continuing their daily lives.

Give us a call or come to our offices at 11 Asylum St, Suite 512 Hartford CT 06103. We’re waiting to listen to you and find a way to help you or a loved one. Check our site URL: https://www.connecticut-bailbonds.com/

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Criminal Defense Attorneys in Connecticut Who Are Most Followed on Social Media

Criminal Defense Attorneys in Connecticut Who Are Most Followed on Social Media

Social media is growing every day. People from every field today are present on at least one social media channel. They market their services and offerings on these channels. Marketing on social media helps individuals and companies attract new clients. It also lets them meet potential clients and form long-term professional connections. 

With almost all professions marketing their services online, the legal profession is not far behind. Today, many lawyers and bail bonds companies have social media accounts where they interact with current and potential future clients. Whether you are looking for a lawyer or need bail bonds in Connecticut, you can find it on social media. 

Twitter is one of the most popular social media channels where you will find attorneys and lawyers. Like all other states, even in Connecticut, several lawyers are active on Twitter. We wanted to find how many criminal defense attorneys from Connecticut are present on Twitter. We were surprised to find quite a few criminal defense attorneys from Connecticut. Here is a list of the most followed criminal defense lawyers from Connecticut who have Twitter profiles.  

The Most Followed Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers on Twitter 

Here is a list of criminal defense lawyers from Connecticut who are active on Twitter: 

  1. @rossgarber – 13.4K Followers
  2. @lawbaron – 3,667 Followers
  3. @JimMiron – 2,075 Followers
  4. @RobinsonCole – 1,306 Followers
  5. @JDonnellyESQ – 1,110 Followers
  6. @RiccioLaw – 641 Followers
  7. @AttorneyScottGa – 566 Followers
  8. @TheLegalDiva – 336 Followers
  9. @rpaolino – 290 Followers
  10. @CTAttorney – 255 Followers
  11. @MuchinskyLaw – 222 Followers
  12. @fontainelaw – 218 Followers
  13. @DamonKirschbaum – 195 Followers
  14. @COP_LAW – 193 Followers
  15. @KaloidisLawFirm – 190 Followers
  16. @ct_dui_lawyer – 156 Followers
  17. @BigD2033 – 147 Followers
  18. @AttorneyUnger – 133 Followers
  19. @RobSConn – 128 Followers
  20. @MarkShermanLaw – 87 Followers
  21. @WalterDHussey – 74 Followers
  22. @Norm_Pattis – 63 Followers
  23. @hamptonlaw – 50 Followers
  24. @ShariShore – 45 Followers
  25. @joncantor – 35 Followers
  26. @PaolettiGusmano – 28 Followers
  27. @UryMoskow – 21 Followers
  28. @JackODonnellLaw – 21 Followers
  29. @JacobsDowLLC – 15 Followers
  30. @danwenner – 15 Followers
  31. @attorneycollier – 14 Followers 

How Criminal Defense Lawyers Use Twitter

From the perspective of growing and promoting their practice, many criminal attorneys in Connecticut have used Twitter as a marketing tool. They use it as a platform to expand their client base in Connecticut. Using Twitter and other social media channels can be beneficial because it allows criminal defense lawyers to connect with and know future clients. It also gives clients an idea about the lawyer, his/her work, style, and more.  

Having a good lawyer on your case will be very helpful. The lawyer will advise you about your legal rights and give you information about bail bonds. If you have been arrested for a criminal case in Connecticut and are looking for a bail bondsman, you may also need a criminal attorney. Connecticut Bail Bonds Group can refer you to a local attorney who may be able to help your case. For more info on bail in the state of CT, call today! 

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Everything You Need to Know About Pretrial Release in Connecticut

During the last couple of years, there has been the enactment of laws across the country that are similar thematically when it comes to the rights of victims in a pre-trial release. The common belief is that victims have a legal right to have “protection” through the imposing of bail. This is also actualized by setting conditions for the release of the defendant which can be done by the bail commissioner, the courts, or the police. There are specific laws in Connecticut that address the rights of the victims. A good bail bondsman in Connecticut should be aware of such laws in order to help with securing the release of the defendant.

What Happens During Arrest?

Once arrested, the defendant will be required to be processed by the police which is a process known as booking. It is during this time where the arresting officer gets to determine if the defendant will be released or held on bond. If the defendant has no criminal history or a moderate one, it is possible for him or her to be released on a PTA (Promise to Appear). The severity of the offense will play a contributory role in determining if the defendant is to be released on a surety or cash bond. If that is the case, the defendant will have to post the cash amount or work with a bail bonds agent in order to secure their release. The reason why the bond amount is set is to provide an assurance the defendant will appear in court during the set date.

Post Arrest

Arraignment is when the defendant first appears in court after they’ve been arrested. It is usually the start of a series of judicial requirements in a criminal case. There is a chance that the case could be taken to trial. In very rare circumstances will the court not be tried because of mental illness or disability. There will be a risk assessment conducted by the bail commissioner during arraignment in order to determine the amount to be set. The judge will then look at the facts before coming up with the requirements that are least restrictive but still ensure that the defendant appears in court. The defendant will only be released once the conditions have been set.

Plea Negotiations

Such negotiations have become part and parcel of the pretrial hearing and are about to go away any time soon. A plea bargain could save both the defendant and the prosecution the agony of having to appear before a judge. With a plea bargain, there is a guarantee of some form of consequence for the crime committed by the defendant. It should be noted that the judge will be the one that settles a plea agreement even if the victim has a right to be heard in such an arrangement. The defendant will have to adhere to the pretrial conditions during the entire time. For more information on the right of the victims and the defendants, you can check out https://www.connecticut-bailbonds.com/
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Essential Tips For Attending Your Connecticut Court Date

The court is a legal institution for justice. You cannot wear casual attire in front of the judge. No matter if you are released on bail or the court has summoned you, you must be dressed appropriately and behave courteously. Learn some tips to improve your appearance in the courthouse. At Bail Bonds CT, we will provide you with some insightful knowledge regarding court attendance.

Be Respectful

You may be wondering why court appearance matters so much? Think logically, and you will have the answer. The court is where you appear in front of the judge. Your selection of clothes speaks of your nature. It is not right if the magistrate finds you in informal dress.

It is surprising that many people neglect this aspect and appear in the court wearing ripped jeans, sweaters, sandals, sweatpants, leggings, hoodies, and even pajamas. We are not asking you to dress correctly like the attorneys, but you need to appear decently. Make sure, when the Lord Justice addresses, you look like an acceptable individual with a positive approach.

How To Appear In The Connecticut Court Hearing?

Whether it is a felony or misdemeanor arrest, you need to take your appearance seriously. You can wear formal attire like a shirt, pants, and tie. You can also try something simple that people wear in a regular office. Pick proper shoes and avoid slippers or sneakers. Such dressing will create a positive impact on the court. For women, we advise not to wear something casual. Take it seriously and wear a dress with less skin exposure. However, wearing makeup is your personal choice.

In the end, appear on time. Listen to the questions carefully and do not interrupt unless you are asked. Remember, your respectful presentation will create a positive impact on the judge.

How To Behave Properly In The Connecticut Court?

Be polite: A courthouse is a legal place where judges hear cases and prosecute defendants charged with a crime. You need to stay calm and polite. Address the clerks softly and avoid being loud.
Do NOT interrupt: Interruption is very irritating. Try not to interrupt when the judge is talking to you. Be patient and listen to their words carefully. You can start explaining your end after they finish.
Avoid heated conversation: You are not supposed to fuel heated arguments. In case you face disagreements, stand firm on your point and answer precisely. Heated discussion stirs up your emotion, and you should never let your sentiment rule the courthouse.
Be on time: Punctuality is the key. If you are late, the magistrate may question your responsibility. We advise you to reach there before time so that you can find your courtroom before the session starts.

Proper paperwork and a good lawyer is not enough. You must act respectfully in the court to secure a positive impression. Therefore, do not forget to consider the highlighted tips by Bail Bonds CT before visiting the courthouse for a hearing. In the end, your behavior matters.

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