My Son Has Just Been Arrested? What Do I Do?
Anthony J. Solare and Alexis L. Scott are Criminal Defense Attorneys in San Diego County, servicing all of Southern California.
You just drifted off to sleep, when your cell phone rings. You look at the time and think, “oh, this can’t be good.” Your feelings of premonition are correct: it’s your son, a great kid who is set to graduate from college this spring, calling you from the Sheriff’s Central Jail. Turns out he got into a fight with some drunk guy in the San Diego Gaslamp, making the big mistake of winning the fight and the guy fractured his skull when he fell back on the concrete. He’s in custody, been booked on a felony assault and battery charges sobbing, “Get me the hell out of here!”
Unfortunately, this all-too-plausible scenario or something similar happens to even the best of us. As a parent, sister, brother, friend, grandparent etc., your mind will be racing, trying to figure out what is the best thing to do and who do you call. Having helped dozens of families through such crises, the Criminal Defense Attorneys at Solare & Scott have the experience necessary to minimize your stress.
Obviously, the first issue is “do I bail him out?” It’s important to understand how bail works. The current San Diego County Bail Schedule call for $30,000 in the above scenario. You have three choices: First, you can transfer that amount into the county coffers. If your son doesn’t jump bail, you will get all of that back at the end of the case. This isn’t an option for most of us. You could also do a property bond for $90,000. The down side of this is that it is a bunch of work and can take much more time than your son wants to spend in jail.
This leaves you with bondsman, who after you give them three large, puts the 30k in the county coffers. The key factor for your decision is that three grand is gone, that’s how the bondsmen make their money, taking the risk that your boy decides to rabbit.
Some parents will wait, for a couple of perfectly legitimate reasons. There is definitely something to the, “let’s let him sit there for a couple of days, see how that feels” school of parenting. This certainly would be one way of reinforcing that one needs to take responsibility for one’s actions. Also, if your son has no prior record, there may be a possibility that a good attorney can convince a judge to release him on his own recognizance or at a significantly lower bail. I had a case once where the prosecutors were seeking $500,000 bail and walked my client out the back door, no money gone. I’m fairly sure the family appreciated the $50,000 savings.
Of course, what we really recommend is that if something like this does occur call a Criminal Defense Attorney immediately. Being able to speak with someone that knows the ins and outs of criminal charges ranging from assault, battery, sex crimes, DUI/DWIs and so much more will put you at ease. We also offer a 24 hour answering service because bad news never comes at a convenient time. Having calm, knowledge guidance goes a long way towards minimizing everyone’s’ stress!
For more information on San Diego Criminal Defense Attorneys contact us immediately at 619-234-7575 or view our website atwww.SolareandScott.com.