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Chatham County Jail Release and Bond Process

If you suspect that someone has been arrested and taken to Chatham County Jail, you can call the Claiborne Firm at (912) 351-8775. We have attorneys’ on-call 24 hours a day and will move quickly on your behalf to determine whether a friend or loved one has been arrested.

Our offices are located very close to Chatham County Jail, and attorney Scott Robichaux has extensive experience with the Chatham County legal system since he was the prior Assistant District Attorney. We know how to handle these situations and will take immediate action to get your loved one released from jail.

Processing at the Chatham County Jail

When a person is arrested, they will be brought to the jail to be “booked.” This is essentially clerical work to officially process the arrest. It includes taking fingerprints and mug shots and running the person’s information through the system to determine their criminal history. After all of that is finished, the person will have their personal items taken away and will be held in a cell.

How Long Will They Be At the Chatham County Jail?

There is no official length of time that a person can be held after their arrest. The booking process can be slow, and the volume of arrests the jail is handling at that time will also play a role in determining how long it will take. Once they are booked, the arrestee must wait for the bond amount to be set. At that point, the bond can usually be paid and the person released from jail.

Overall, there is a lot of variation in the length of the process. A person’s stay in jail can be a matter of hours, but they could also be there for several days.

A suspect will usually have a hard time securing their own release quickly, but an attorney who knows the system can make the process significantly faster.

The Value of A Criminal Attorney For Your Initial Appearance and Bond Hearing

Many people neglect to seek advice from a skilled defense attorney right after an arrest.  This can lead to:

• Increased time in jail
• Bonds being denied or increased
• Less than favorable outcomes in court

Having a defense on your side during the bond hearing or initial appearance can dramatically change the direction of your case.  Skillful defense attorneys routinely:

  • •  Help inmates get released from jail quicker
  • •  Help inmates get bonds removed or reduced
  • •  Present facts, evidence, and file motions on your behalf before your initial appearance, which can change the course of your charges.

 
An attorney can also help you get your charges potentially dismissed or reduced at a future court date by immediately investigating the case and preserving valuable evidence that supports your side of the story.

How Much Will the Bond Be?

A judge will determine if a bond can be issued at a bond hearing. The judge will also determine the bond amount. This decision is based on the circumstances of the case. More serious offenses will make the bond amount higher. A prior criminal record can also increase the requirements. If the judge deems the defendant a flight risk or a danger to the public, the bond amount will be extremely high, or even denied altogether.

If a person is denied a bond or cannot pay the amount listed, they can petition the court for another bond hearing to try and secure their release.

Type of Bonds a Judge Can Issue

Bonds are essentially something the defendant uses as an assurance that they will be in court when required. There are several types of bonds:

  • • Own Recognizance: A person is released without any collateral.
  • • Signature Bond: A person does not have to post any collateral but promises to pay a fine if they fail to appear in court.
  • • Surety Bond: A third party, usually a company pays the court the amount required to secure their release. The defendant pays the third party a fee, usually 10-15% of the bond.
  • • Property Bond: A defendant’s property serves as the collateral to secure their own release.
  • • Cash Bond: The defendant surrenders the bond amount in cash to the jail. When they appear in court for their required appearance, the money is returned to them.

 

What Can a Lawyer Do?

An attorney can make a major difference. Their understanding of the legal system can streamline the process.

Furthermore, bringing an attorney into the fold early will enable them to be more involved in the case. At the Claiborne Firm, we immediately begin investigating the details of your situation, which includes preserving evidence and finding witnesses while the events are still fresh in their minds.

Getting an attorney involved early in the process makes it more likely that your charges will be reduced or dropped altogether.

Our Advantage in Chatham County Courts

Scott Robichaux, our top defense attorney, served as assistant district attorney in Chatham County. This means that he knows how the prosecutors operate and can create effective strategies for our clients based around the biases and mistakes that the authorities make.

When you call us, we will tell you what you will have to pay. We are straightforward about our fees and will accept all major credit cards.

Chatham County Jail Key Information

Address: 1050 Carl Griffin Dr. Savannah, Georgia 31405

Hours of Operation

Video Visitation: Monday – Friday, 9am to 6pm

Main Lobby: Monday – Thursday, 6pm to 9am. Friday 6pm – Monday 9am.

Court Dates After Chatham County Arrest

Within 24-72 hours of the arrest, most defendants will have a first appearance in Recorder’s Court. This is essentially just a way to ensure the defendant knows the charges they are facing.

After this appearance, the next scheduled event will be the Arraignment. This is when the defendant makes their plea of guilty or not guilty. An attorney can enter this plea on behalf of their client even if the client is not present.

Keep Your Record Clean

The value of a clean criminal record cannot be overstated. It means that you will have an easier time finding employment, housing, getting loans, and passing background checks. It is important to fight against any and all criminal charges to protect the life that you have built.

If you or a loved one has been arrested, contact us immediately by calling (912) 351-8775.

Alternatively, please use the form below to schedule a free, no obligation case evaluation 24-hours a day.

 

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