When you are faced with criminal arrest and prosecution, the first and most important thing to remember is that you have an absolute right to remain silent and that you have the right to obtain the services of an attorney before any questioning by authorities. If you are arrested, remember to assert these rights and to inquire of the police the exact nature of any charges against you.
In many instances, bail or bond is automatically set without the intervention of a judge. These are usually misdemeanor offenses or minor felony charges. In more serious situations, a judge must set bond after a hearing or by agreement with the prosecuting attorney. Property owners may use their Georgia real estate as a property bond. If you do not own property in Georgia or do not have a friend or family member willing to use their property as surety, then a bondsman may be consulted unless you are not able to pay the entire cash bond. A bondsman will charge a fee to guarantee the amount of the bond to the court.
Early consultation with an attorney is imperative to a successful defense of any criminal charge. In many situations, early intervention and investigation may keep your case from going to trial. In many instances, such as DUI or other serious driving offenses, there are other considerations in addition to the criminal charges. The State of Georgia may seek to suspend or revoke your license to drive based on these charges. This administrative suspension must be appealed within a very short time frame. In short, if you are charged with any crime, call your attorney as soon as possible.
This information is provided as a general guide only. It cannot substitute for experienced counsel from a competent attorney. If you need further information on a criminal charge, please call our office and make an appointment to speak with J. Michael Giglio. You may also visit our contact page and communicate directly with Mr. Giglio.