With the number of crime programs currently on television, you have probably heard the term “bond hearing”. But, unless you have had personal experience with the law, you may not fully understand what is going on or are aware of the benefits of having an attorney present.
According to the Wisconsin State Legislature, the initial appearance before a judge occurs when,
“any person who is arrested shall be taken within a reasonable time before a judge in the county in which the offense was alleged to have been committed. The initial appearance may be conducted on the record by telephone or live audiovisual means under s. 967.08. If the initial appearance is conducted by telephone or live audiovisual means, the person may waive physical appearance.”
Being accused of a crime and having to show up to a bond hearing can cause a lot of stress on an individual, whether or not this the first time or there have been run ins with the law in the past. Having an attorney present at Bond Hearings is beneficial for many reasons. First, as stated in the Miranda Rights, you have a right to an attorney, whether or not you can afford one. Second, being in front of a judge and being accused of a crime can bring up a lot of emotions. Having someone by your side that is fighting for you can help calm your nerves. And lastly, an attorney knows the law and will fight for you. If they feel the bond is not conducive to the crime, they can bring up facts and work towards getting it reduced.
The sooner you contact one of our defense attorneys, the better chance we have of helping you. It is important to talk to a knowledgeable lawyer as soon as possible, even if charges have not been filed, but you have reason to believe they may be forthcoming.