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Pretrial Violations

San Antonio Pretrial Violation Attorneys

According to terms defined by the U.S. Constitution, those who have been charged with a crime in the United States are barred from having excessive amounts of bail. What most defendants are legally allowed to do, however, is to be temporarily released from jail under certain conditions. Defendants are only allowed to leave as long as they commit to attending their court dates and future trials, as well as make sure they do not breach the law in any other way.

The conditions of bail and pretrial are looked upon as key indicators of a defendant’s character, and breaking them will negatively influence your verdict. If you have been accused of breaking the conditions of your pretrial terms, you must immediately get in touch with our San Antonio pretrial violation attorneys. Without The Law Office of Derek S. Ritchie, PLLC, you could face harsher sentences and expensive fines.

Contact us now at (210) 702-2203 if you are looking for support regarding pretrial or bail violations in San Antonio.

Pretrial Release Terms in Texas

When you’ve been arrested for a crime, you should not have to spend weeks or months waiting for trial, as long as you can get what is known as a “pretrial release agreement.” In order to receive this, you must give a bond or contract to the court. This promises that you will return for your trial even though you are temporarily not incarcerated. Courts may accept bail bonds, but can also accept cash bail, surety bonds, property bonds, or even personal recognizance.

In addition to paying your bond, there are certain expectations that must be followed. No matter what the charge is, you must make sure to appear for all court-assigned dates and meetings, and you must not commit further crimes.

Defense of Pretrial Violations

In many cases, violating one’s pretrial conditions might be completely accidental, or they may have occurred on account of a simple misunderstanding.

Our knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys can use the following defense strategies if you are accused of violating pretrial conditions:

  • Showing that law enforcement violated procedural codes
  • Demonstrating that BAC or urine tests were not reliable or accurate
  • Proving that conditions that appeared to be DWI were actually due to other physical conditions
  • Showing that the state did not have sufficient evidence

Avoid Additional Jail Time

Being accused of breaking your pretrial violation is a very serious matter. For example, if a person was to violate the conditions of their temporary release, they might be forced to return to jail. The violation could also have a great influence on what kind of sentence the defendant might receive. They will likely incur additional charges that could affect the final edict, unless they have a San Antonio pretrial violation lawyer to support them.

Commonly Asked Questions

What are the consequences of a probation violation in San Antonio?

In San Antonio, if you violate the conditions of your probation, you could face serious repercussions. These may include being taken back into custody, facing additional charges, and potentially receiving a harsher sentence upon conviction. It's crucial to understand that any deviation from the terms of your probation is taken seriously by the courts, and having a knowledgeable attorney to navigate the situation is essential to mitigate these risks.

How can a San Antonio attorney help if I'm accused of violating pretrial conditions?

If you're accused of violating pretrial conditions in San Antonio, an attorney can provide a robust defense by challenging the evidence against you, questioning the reliability of tests such as BAC or urine screenings, and addressing any procedural errors made by law enforcement. They can also argue that any perceived violations were due to misunderstandings or other non-criminal factors, which is vital in protecting your rights and freedom.

What are the typical pretrial release terms in Texas?

Typical pretrial release terms in Texas include the requirement to appear at all court-assigned dates, not committing further crimes, and adhering to any specific conditions set by the court. These terms are part of a bond or contract given to the court, which can take various forms such as cash bail, surety bonds, property bonds, or personal recognizance. Violating these terms can lead to severe consequences, including revocation of the pretrial release.

Can I avoid additional jail time if I've violated my pretrial conditions in San Antonio?

Avoiding additional jail time after a pretrial condition violation in San Antonio is possible, but it requires immediate legal action. An attorney can argue on your behalf, presenting evidence and defenses that may explain or justify the violation. The goal is to prevent the violation from negatively impacting your case and to maintain your pretrial release status, which is why having legal representation is critical.

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