Can I be charged with a crime without being arrested?
A police officer sometimes will issue a citation rather than making a formal arrest. This can mitigate overcrowding in jails, although it may pose a danger to the community by allowing a suspect to remain at large. If you have received a citation instead of being arrested, you do not have an arrest record and do not need to disclose the citation in response to a question about your arrest record. However, by signing the citation, you agree to appear in court as specified in the citation. You may be subject to arrest if you fail to appear.
What is a bail hearing?
A bail hearing allows a defendant in state court to ask the judge for a lower amount of bail, or for release on their own recognizance without paying any bail. The prosecution also may ask the judge to increase the amount of bail, or argue that bail should not be reduced. These hearings are usually informal, although the judge can hear witness testimony. The judge generally will not hear evidence from one side without the other side being present. A bail hearing does not weigh the guilt or innocence of the defendant but simply the probability that they will appear in court when required. However, the strength of the evidence against the defendant may play a role in the decision.
I am getting divorced. Do I need an attorney?
It ordinarily is a good idea to consult with a lawyer about major life events or changes, such as a divorce. S/he will protect your rights, as well as the rights of your children. S/he keeps current with the laws in your state concerning marriage, divorce, marital property, child custody and visitation, and family support.
How do courts determine who gets custody of children in a divorce?
If the parents cannot agree on custody of their child, the courts decide custody based on “the best interests of the child.” Determining the child’s best interests involves many factors, no one of which is the most important factor.