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As far as attorney recommendations, our site experts are not permitted to recommend specific attorneys, nor can we serve as attorneys for site customers. The best way to find a good criminal
defense attorney is by word of mouth. You must know SOMEONE who knows someone who knows someone who got in trouble at some point? Try that route. If someone was happy with their criminal defense attorney, odds are he or she would be worth talking to.
If you cannot find an attorney this way, you can always look in the phone book or try the North Carolina Bar Association attorney referral service
. They can point you in the right direction.
Regarding bond, since these are felony charges, your grandson probably has a secured bond. A bond is a guarantee that the person charged will show up for court. Otherwise, the person is held in jail pending trial
There are three basic ways to post a bond. First, if his bond is $7,000, you could take $7,000 in cash to the clerk's office of the court where he is charged, hand it over to the clerk, and that will get him out of jail. You might be like me; I don't happen to have $7,000 laying around. (Time to go out in the back yard and pick some money off the money tree, right?) But, if the person you are bonding out makes all his court appearances, you get all the money back at the end of the trial, whether or not the person is convicted. or found not guilty.
The second way to post bond is by hiring a bondsman. This is the most common method people use, since most people don't have a lot of cash. In North Carolina, the maximum fee for a bondsperson is 15% of the bond amount. So, 15% of $7,000 is $1,050. They can always charge less, and if you do not have the total amount available to pay all at once, perhaps the bondsperson can let you make payments.
Find a bondsman in the phone book, or ask the clerk's office for a list. You do NOT get any of this money back at the end of trial. The money paid to the bondman is his or her payment for getting the person out of jail.
Finally, you can post a property bond. This means that you pledge property that you own as collateral for the bond. Say you own a house worth $50,000 and you owe $40,000 on it. You have $10,000 in equity in the house. You can use that equity as the collateral for the bond. Assuming your grandson makes all his court appearances, your property is "released" from its obligation to the court at the end of the trial. Of course, if your grandson does not show up for court, the court can move for you to forfeit the property, in this case, your house. You want to keep your property, so, needless to say, it is very important for your grandson to show up to court!!!
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