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A Sacramento Criminal Defense Lawyer Answers FAQs About Post-Convictions

Symbol of lawThe thought of facing a criminal conviction is a daunting one for most anyone. A Sacramento criminal defense lawyer will work diligently on your case to defend you, but of course there are no guarantees. The following provides answers to a couple of frequent questions people ask when they are facing conviction.

Will I Have to Go Straight to Jail?

Maybe. Your Sacramento criminal defense lawyer can discuss the possibility of release on bail pending appeal. Not all judges will grant such a request, and the Constitution does not give you the right to it. That said, your Sacramento criminal defense attorney will explain certain arguments that may weigh in your favor when asking the judge to grant you continued release. While there are no guarantees, if the following statements are true in your case, your defense lawyer will have an easier job of convincing the Court to release you on bail.

  • You have a good track record of showing up for court hearings.
  • Your Sacramento criminal defense lawyer obtained agreement from the prosecutor regarding your release.
  • You are willing to wear a tether.
  • Your Sacramento criminal defense attorney can make a good case for a potentially successful appeal.
  • You have legitimate reasons to request time to tie up your affairs (i.e., selling a business, sending a child to college etc.)
  • You can show good behavior and refrain from committing any other crimes.
  • Your conviction was for less serious charges than your original arrest.

Again, Sacramento criminal defense attorney cannot promise bail, but the above can strengthen the argument. The reality is, you may face prison pending your appeal. If so, your Sacramento criminal defense lawyer will discuss the logistics of reporting.

Can I Report to the Prison on My Own?

Possibly. Your Sacramento criminal defense lawyer can explore the option of self-reporting to prison rather than a jail-to-jail transport. Self-reporting lessens the chance that you will lose important paperwork or personal effects during the transfer. Additionally, self-reporting gives you the opportunity to show your reliability to the court and increase your chances of incarceration at a high-security, more oppressive facility.

For advice tailored to your situation, put an experienced Sacramento criminal defense lawyer in your corner. Call Param Pabla today at (916) 285-7900.

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