Protecting Your Interests From the Earliest Stages of the Case
If you have been arrested and booked into jail, you will get the chance to appear before a judge on bail and conditional release conditions within a few days. If you can't make bond in that first hearing, however, it might be weeks before you get another chance to argue for a reduced bond or alternative release conditions that make practical sense for you.
Bond Hearings in Metro Atlanta: Call 404-769-9730 or 866-769-9730
Contact Reid Thompson, LLC, for a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Based in Atlanta, our law firm is familiar with the bond hearing and initial appearance practices in jurisdictions throughout West Georgia, including Fulton County, Cobb County, DeKalb County, Douglas County and Paulding County. Our advice and ability to help you through the early stages of the case can help you get out of jail and develop important leverage on the charges that you'll need to resolve.
Reid Thompson understands the different bond hearing practices throughout the region, and he can appear with you to make sure that your interest in early release is protected to the greatest extent possible. If you appear by yourself at your bond hearing and do not obtain your release, he can help get a second hearing scheduled as quickly as possible so that your time in jail doesn't need to drag on unnecessarily.
Making the Most of Your Initial Appearance Hearing in West Georgia
Another important point in a serious criminal case is the initial appearance hearing, when the judge determines whether there is enough evidence to proceed with the charges proposed against you. This preliminary hearing represents a valuable opportunity for your defense lawyer to see the prosecution's evidence, examine arresting officers, and expose weaknesses in the government's case.
In some situations, we can get the charges dismissed on the spot. In other cases, the record we develop at the initial appearance will open the door to plea negotiations that can get rid of the most serious charges against you. Taking advantage of your ability to develop a strong defense at the preliminary hearing can make a significant difference in cases involving homicide or assault charges, possession or distribution of illegal drugs, charges of rape or other sexual misconduct, or charges of fraud or embezzlement.
To learn more about the ways a skilled defense attorney can protect your interests at a bond hearing or initial appearance hearing, contact Reid Thompson, LLC, in Atlanta for a free consultation.