It is always easier to fight a criminal charge from outside than inside a jail cell. If you face non-violent charges, such as fraudulent check writing, you should not have too much difficulty getting released, maybe even without posting bail.
The prosecutor may agree that your case is one in which you don’t pose a threat to the community; thus, he might ask for a low bail. He might even propose that you be released on your own recognizance. Often referred to as OR, this entails signing a promise to appear in court, and not leave the jurisdiction without permission, all without the need for depositing security. This is especially possible if you have ties to the community, such as running your own business.
If you need to travel for your business, your South King County criminal lawyer may be able to convince the judge to allow you to do so. Indeed, an important element in your release conditions is that your ability to earn a living not be impaired. It would be better to have to post a high bail than face restrictions, such as home detention, that hinder your work.
Your South King County criminal attorney may be able to convince the judge later to allow you to serve restitution rather than face jail time if you are convicted. Under such an arrangement, you would provide restitution to the victim either monetarily or through services. Your attorney can then argue that from the outset you need to be free to work in order to earn money, just in case a later conviction requires the paying of restitution.
It is important that your lawyer doesn’t prematurely agree to restricting release conditions before hearing what the prosecutor may offer. This will provide you with the best opportunity to continue your life unhindered while your case is in process.
If you are a facing fraud or other white collar crime charge, contact South King County criminal lawyer South King County criminal attorney for an evaluation of your case.