New Haven Conditional Release
Americans understand that people have certain constitutional rights, even when charged with a crime, and these rights include the right to a speedy trial. Unfortunately, despite that constitutional guarantee, the justice system can feel overwhelmingly slow. Despite the idea that someone is innocent until proven guilty, awaiting resolution of criminal charges can be a tremendous burden and carry a stigma.
If someone is charged with a crime and facing an upcoming trial date or other resolution of their case, they may worry about how the pending charges will affect their lives. Fortunately, there are options to help people carry on their lives while waiting for resolution of a criminal case, under a program of New Haven conditional release. Contact a distinguished criminal attorney about your release options.
Understanding Conditional Release
When someone is charged with a crime, they may initially be held in jail when they are first arrested. However, except in circumstances involving very serious crimes or safety concerns, they will usually be given some kind of bond allowing for their release.
The Constitution of Connecticut reads, ““[i]n all Criminal prosecutions, the accused shall have a right… to be released on bail upon sufficient security, except in capital offenses, where the proof is evident or the presumption great.” Under the Constitution, bond must be set at an amount that is no higher than is necessary to ensure someone’s appearance in court. Bonds can be surety bonds, where a licensed bail bondsman can sign for the bond, or a cash bond, which must be paid in full. In certain circumstances, someone may be released on a promise to appear.
What is the Role of the Court Support Services Division?
The Court Support Services Division of Connecticut uses a set of risk criteria, based on the current charge, criminal history, marital status, employment, substance abuse, education, health, and whether someone has failed to appear for criminal charges before. Using these criteria, the court will set someone’s conditions of release.
New Haven conditional release will often include more than just posting a bond. Someone may be required to refrain from contacting or approaching the alleged victim of a crime or a witness. There may be restrictions on where a person can travel, and the person cannot possess or use weapons or controlled substances. The court can order electronic monitoring and/or pre-trial supervision.
Advice on New Haven Conditional Release
A criminal defense attorney knowledgeable about New Haven Conditional Release can help to advise someone and advocate for conditions for their pretrial release. It is important to understand that violating the terms of pretrial releases, such as by traveling outside of the restrictions set by the court, can result in immediately having the pretrial release revoked and being held in prison until the case is disposed of.
Facing criminal charges can be extremely stressful. Navigating the judicial system, including conditional release, can be confusing. A criminal attorney familiar with the court system can help guide you through this process.