Although the Constitution guarantees you the right to a speedy trial after you are arrested, “speedy” these days can mean weeks or months. Also, it is not always in your best interests to have a trial as soon as possible, because you need time to build your defense. Unless you are granted bail, however, you could spend the entire time between your arrest and trial sitting in jail, and you haven’t even been convicted of any crime! Don’t be one of the unfortunate people who languish in the county lockup because they did not get good representation at their bail hearing. Contact the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink in Glen Burnie and Columbia. Our lawyers provide individualized representation designed to get you the best results in your particular situation, including release from detention with low or no bail.
Bail is an amount of money you put up in exchange for your release from jail pending trial, along with a promise to make all required court appearances. If you fail to make an appearance, the bail amount is forfeited, and a warrant is issued for your arrest. There are many ways to make bail, including posting cash, property, intangible assets such as stocks, or charging to your credit card, but all of these methods are subject to certain requirements. Most people use a bail bonds company instead. The bail bondsman charges a nonrefundable fee and gives a promise (bond) to the court that you will make all your appearances. If you miss your appearances, you can be liable to the bondsman for the full amount of the bail. The fee charged by most bail bond companies is around ten percent of the bail amount. The Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, PA can recommend some reputable companies to you, and some companies will give a discount if you are already represented by an experienced criminal defense attorney, because they know you are more likely to make your appearances.
An attorney from the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, PA can represent you at your bail hearing and get you released from detention at a reasonable bail amount, and sometimes with no bail being required at all. Depending upon whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony, your bail hearing may be part of a broader preliminary hearing or Preliminary Inquiry. At a Preliminary Inquiry, a District Court commissioner determines whether probable cause exists to try you for a crime and whether you should be detained or released pending trial. The judge decides whether bail should be set and determines the bail amount. You may also be given a trial date at this time, and you may request a jury trial at this time. You will be advised of the charges against you and the possible penalties involved at the Preliminary Inquiry, but you will not be able to call witnesses or offer evidence in your defense at this stage.
If you have received a citation or summons or been contacted by the police to appear at a Preliminary Inquiry, you should arrange to appear at the time stated or within five business days of receiving the summons. The Preliminary Inquiry is an important step in the judicial process, and the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, PA can represent you at this critical stage. By having one of our lawyers make an initial appearance on your behalf, we can handle all aspects of the Preliminary Inquiry for you, and you won’t even be required to attend the hearing.
Get the best results at every stage of your criminal case, including bail hearings and preliminary inquiries, by contacting an experienced Maryland criminal defense attorney who is dedicated to providing outstanding legal representation at a reasonable price and looking out for your best interests. Call the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, PA today, we can assist you.
7310 Ritchie Highway, Suite 910
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
30 Corporate Center
10440 Little Patuxent Parkway,
Columbia, MD 21044