How can I bail someone out of jail?

>>>How can I bail someone out of jail?

Our lawyers frequently receive phone calls either from people in custody seeking legal advice, or from friends and family of people who have just been arrested, looking for some guidance as to what to do next. Although the process does have to play itself out once someone is arrested, there are some steps you can take to assist the person in custody.

If your friend or family member has been arrested and you would like to bail them out of jail, you should try to be as accessible as possible by telephone because the person arrested may be calling you for assistance in finding a lawyer for them, or to figure out what to do next.  If your friend or family member does contact you, make sure you write down the following:

  1. where they are,
  2. what they are charged with
  3. who the responsible officer is, and
  4. the best phone number to call back on to reach the person calling.

Your friend or family member will have the opportunity to call a lawyer from custody as well, and the lawyer they contact will be able to give them some preliminary legal advice free of charge.  However, it is unlikely that the person in custody will be able to get a lawyer to do anything more for them without being properly retained.  Because the person who is under arrest does not have access to their wallet, this is where your help becomes invaluable.  You can be of assistance by contacting a lawyer on their behalf, and likely hiring the lawyer on behalf of the person in custody.  Most lawyers can be retained by credit card payment, or through email money transfer, so don’t worry about having to run money over to their office on short notice.  If paying by credit card, be prepared to text or email a copy of your ID, as well as the front and back of your credit card.  This step is typically necessary to ensure all the information is accurate and legitimate.

As long as you took the time to write down where your friend or family member is, what the charges are, and how to contact them, you can also forward all this information to the lawyer you hire so it makes it easier for the lawyer to assist further.

Hiring a criminal defence lawyer is one of the most important things you can do to assist someone in securing release. A defence lawyer will be able to assist in contacting your loved one while they are held at a District Office or at the Arrest Processing Unit. These locations are not able to release any information about where individuals are being detained, except to a lawyer hired to assist those individuals. A defence lawyer will also be able to attempt to negotiate your loved one’s release with the Crown Prosecutor, or litigate their release in a Court bail hearing.

In the interim, you can assist by helping to establish a strong release plan to present to the Crown Prosecutor or the Court. Demonstrating that the detained individual has a stable living situation and employment can be very useful in securing release. To this end, getting letters that prove employment and housing will be of assistance.

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All our 30-60 minute free consultations are conducted with one of our Criminal Defence Lawyers and include the following steps:

  1. Gathering of some personal information about you, such as your level of education, occupation, and citizenship status. This information can be crucial for building your defence and seeking a resolution with the Crown Prosecutor;
  2. Careful review of all documents you received from the police. We will explain what each document is, and what you can expect from and need to do for all upcoming appearances;
  3. Critical review of your recollection of events, and any supporting materials you choose to bring with you. This step helps us identify possible defences and avenues for further investigation; and
  4. Discussion of the court process, our fee structure, and what we can do to help.

Beyond these steps, we would be happy to tell you more about us, and answer any questions you may have. If you chose to retain us to help you, we will immediately provide an overview of what steps we plan to take next, and suggestions as to what you should do to improve your chances of a successful outcome.

For the free initial consultation to be as productive as possible, you should bring (or email in advance) the following materials:

  • A written statement (preferably typed) outlining your version of events;
  • All documents that you have been given by the court or by the police;
  • Any disclosure you have received;
  • Photo ID; and
  • Any supporting documents, such as photographs, emails, texts, phone records, medical records, receipts, etc.

Ideally, you will have prepared a copy of these materials for us to keep, but if not, we can always photocopy them during the consultation.

We offer flexible payment options and structures designed to meet our clients’ individual needs. Our lawyers accept all major credit cards, bank drafts, money orders, email money transfers (e-transfers) and, of course, cash.

If you decide to retain us after the free initial consultation, all we need is a retainer (down payment) to get started. The rest of the fee payments for the case can be spaced out over time. We can set you up on a monthly or bi-monthly payment plan, and process payments over the telephone or by email to make it easy for you.

The cost of a criminal defence lawyer will depend on several factors, including:

  1. how complex your case is,
  2. how serious the charges are, and
  3. how experienced the Criminal Defence lawyer is.

The fees of a competent Criminal Defence Lawyer will typically range into the thousands of dollars. The good news is that only a fraction of that amount is due initially. We offer flexible payment schedules so thefees can be paid in monthly installments.

Additionally, we offer flat rate fees, with no hidden costs. It is our standard practice to review all the costs during the free initial consultation. This means you will know exactly what our services cost at the outset and can make an informed decision about how to proceed.