When a defendant is arrested by a member of the Brawley Police Department the most common way to get them released from jail involves posting Brawley Bail Bonds.
There are times when clients will call the bondsman asking why the defendant still has to go to court. This person already spent several hours, or in some cases days, in jail. Shouldn’t this mean they have learned their lesson?
This is simply not how the criminal justice system works.
When a person is charged with a crime they will still need to have their case decided by a judge. A defendant who is released from custody via Brawley bail bonds still needs to take care of their responsibility. Being bonded out simply allows them to return to their family, work and/or schooling while they wait for their court date.
A person who is charged with a misdemeanor offense could face fines, penalties and up to one year in the Imperial County Jail. A person who is charged with a felony could face fines, penalties and more than 365 days behind bars, if convicted.
When a defendant goes to court it is important to remember that this decision lies in the hands of the judge or in some cases, a jury. They will want to make sure they put their best foot forward in order to make a good impression.
The defendant should make a point to arrive early. Being late will not do them any favors. All cell phones, pagers and other electronic devices should be turned off when they enter the court room. If they need to speak to their attorney, whisper. If they can write their question down on a piece of paper, that would be better.
Their choice in clothing will also say a lot about them. Men should not wear baggy pants and t-shirts. Women should not come dressed like they’re about to go to the club. The best rule of thumb is to dress as you would if you were going to a very important job interview. Slacks or a long skirt, and a dress shirt will go a long way.
If your hair is a non-standard color, such as blue, green or even hot pink, you may want to re-dye it before you go to court. If you have facial piercings, you may want to take them out. You should try to cover visible tattoos.
Address the judge as Your Honor. Do not try to argue with them or interrupt them while they are speaking.
There is an old commercial that points out you never have a second chance to make a first impression. This is doubly important when someone’s fate is being decided by a judge and jury.
If you have further questions about how to act or dress in court after being released from jail on Brawley bail bonds be sure to contact the bondsman that assisted you.