Sorry to hear about your friend. She is going to be able to call out to contact an attorney, bailsbondsmen or perhaps even you (if she chooses), but you will not be able to contact her until she has her first appearance in front of the judge and he either sets bail for her or releases her. Both felony and misdemeanor cases begin with an arraignment or first appearance in the lower courts. The first appearance must happen within 24 hours of an arrest. This is where your neighbor will be informed of the charges against her and made aware of some of her rights. If the circumstances of the child endangerment charges involve a risk of great bodily harm or death for the child...then the offense of child endangerment is a wobbler . This means it may be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony . Misdemeanor child endangerment penalties include up to one (1) year in county jail. For felony child endangerment, penalties include two (2), four (4), or six (6) years in California state prison. But if there was no risk of great bodily harm or death to the child, then child endangerment in California will be a misdemeanor.
If your neighbor is charged with a misdemeanor, she will have her first opportunity to tell the judge how she plans to plea (guilty, not guilty, no contest). If she pleads guilty at a misdemeanor arraignment, the judge may sentence her on the spot. If she has had no priors, she could be released from jail with time served and have to pay a fine, court costs and remain on probation for a while. If she pleads not guilty, the judge will probably release her until her trial. If this happens, she should be out pretty quickly as well. If she has prior convictions and pleads guilty, or if she is charged with a felony, she may have to pay bail before she is released.
In any case, there would be no way to contact your friend until after her arraignment UNLESS you hire an attorney, and then s/he can contact them. Otherwise, you will have to wait to see if she is released or if she has bail set, at which time you will be able to contact her after she is processed.
Until such time as you would get permission from her, the foster home would not be able to release her child to you. I am terribly sorry for this situation. It is very sad all the way around. However, barring the hiring of an attorney, there would be no other way to immediately contact your friend or get a message to her at this time.
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