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In State Courts in Michigan when you receive a ticket for a criminal case, are notified that you have a warrant for a criminal charge, or are placed under arrest and taken into custody, the manner in which a bond is obtained may be different.  The factors that a Judge or Magistrate considers in Michigan when setting a bond are the same for misdemeanor and felony cases.  Generally, a Court will set conditions of pretrial release or detention that addresses two issues: the particular Defendant’s potential to not appear in Court and threat to the public safety.  It is supposed to be the least restrictive manner necessary to accomplish these two issues.  There are a number of factors that the Court considers that are contained in Michigan Court Rule 6.106.

Bond can be set as a personal bond, in a monetary amount (cash, surety, or 10%), or denied (for murder, treason, or some violent felonies depending upon the circumstances).  Bond can also be denied (or cannot be posted, or release will not be allowed) if the Defendant is on parole or has an Immigration Detainer.    If bond is allowed or can otherwise be posted, but the monetary amount is too high for the Defendant to post, he or she can try and make arrangements with a bail bondsman.  A Judge is free to place conditions on the bond such as drug/alcohol testing, tether, monitoring, curfews, travel restrictions, no contact provisions, etc.  Likewise, a bail bondsman may require a tether or monitoring as a condition of posting the bond on behalf of the Defendant.  A violation of bond conditions, or of the agreement the Defendant has with the bail bondsman, can lead to incarceration.  If bond cannot be posted, the Defendant will remain in custody.

For cash or 10% bonds that a Defendant can post, cash is always accepted.  Most Courts also allow for credit/debit card payment (with a service fee), money orders, and cashier’s check.  It is always a good idea to check with the Court or jail in advance so you or your family are prepared.

Warrants can be issued by Courts due to new cases, for probation violations, or failing to comply with a court order (for example, failure to appear when properly subpoenaed can lead to a show cause or a material witness warrant).  When the warrant is from out of State, sometimes there will be a request for extradition to enforce the outstanding warrant.

Notification of the warrant can be through the mail, a telephone call from police, or even perhaps from a friend or family member that received information from a police officer.  When a valid warrant exists you are at risk of being arrested whenever a police contact occurs.  The police contact can be a simple traffic stop, through a customs or border agent when entering the United States, or law enforcement could take a proactive approach and knock on your door or arrest you on your way to work.  Sometimes when you are stopped by police and they discover a warrant you are released because the jurisdiction where the warrant is from simply does not want to pick you up.  This is common for people stopped by the police in Oakland County for many misdemeanor offenses in Detroit.  There sometimes is a period of detention that occurs while law enforcement finds out whether or not the jurisdiction where the warrant exists will pick you up on that warrant.  In most instances if there is a valid warrant you should count on being taken to the court to address the matter.  In some instances, there is a bond or an interim bond that is set to allow for release.

If you have a warrant for your arrest your first step is to contact a lawyer that is experienced and that can help you, such as attorney Daniel Hilf from the law firm of Hilf & Hilf, PLC.  Why do you need a lawyer for a warrant?

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