Trying to make sense of legal information and criminal charges is stressful and difficult. The information in this article will provide answers to a few basic questions that are common in most legal cases.
Why do police make arrests?
The most common reason is if an officer catches someone during the commission of a crime. Also, if someone is suspected of committing of a crime, an officer can arrest them with a warrant. However, if an officer has reason to believe someone is breaking the law they can make an arrest without a warrant.
What is probable cause?
Probable cause is a legal term that means a reasonable suspicion that someone is breaking the law. If a police officer analyzes clues that lead them to a reasonable suspicion that someone is violating a law, they can make an arrest on probable cause.
How does someone get out of jail?
When someone is arrested and booked into jail, they are usually allowed to call someone to bail them out. The person that they call can get them out of jail by posting their bond. This means that they go to a bail bondsman and pay a predetermined amount of money so that the arrested person can be released. The release is conditional, meaning that certain rules must be followed or the bond will become forfeit and an arrest warrant can be issued.
Why do legal cases take so long to reach a conclusion?
Legal cases are notorious for proceeding slowly. The simple fact is that courts process hundreds of cases at any given time. The courts must deal with warrants, missed court dates, new evidence, paperwork and record keeping. All of these factors make a single case take a long time to be disposed of by the court. The key to dealing with a legal case is patience.
Who should hire a lawyer?
The short answer is that everyone who has been accused of a crime should hire a good lawyer. Some offenses, like traffic tickets, can usually be taken care of without an attorney but serious charges require serious representation.