If you have been accused of a crime in South Carolina, chances are that
you are scheduled to attend an arraignment very soon (if you haven’t
already). Contrary to what some may believe, arraignment is not part of
the trial; it’s the part of your case where a judge decides whether
or not to set bail. It’s one of the most crucial steps of criminal
procedure where individuals may benefit greatly from attorney counsel.
Individuals should retain an attorney for bond hearings because there may
be an increased change to reduce the amount of bail set by the judge,
or avoid bond entirely. In addition, it may also provide the opportunity
to serve less jail time!
How Criminal Lawyers Make a Difference in Bond Hearings
Individuals who go through the arraignment process alone usually do not
have a lot of experience with the criminal process. That means they won’t
know what to expect, and will have to develop answers to the judge’s
question on the spot. If you get nervous or feel intimidated, this can
cause you to give poor answers. As a result, it paints you in a different
light, and this can easily result in a harsher penalty than you may deserve.
With a criminal defense attorney by your side during the arraignment and
bond hearing, he may help you effectively address the legal concerns and
answer all of the judge’s questions with clarity and precision.
This may give you the strongest chance of securing a positive resolution in your
criminal case, right from the get-go.
In “Do Attorneys Really Matter?,” Douglas Colbert explains
several benefits to hiring an attorney for bond hearing:
- Twice as likely to be released on own recognizance without surety
- Four times more likely to have significantly reduced bail amounts
- Able to serve less jail time (i.e., 9 days in jail reduced to 2 days)
Without attorney representation at the bond hearing, you may leave your
future in the hands of the prosecution. Retain a reputable criminal defense
lawyer who may protect your best interests during the bond hearing and
give you the best possible chance at a positive resolution.
Contact Hisker Law Firm, PC and see what our team can do for you!