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Thank you for your quick response.
My husband was not offered an opportunity to make a phone call at all. What is a reasonable time period?
Would it be advisable to file a counter complaint before the outcome of my husband's case or after?
We heard in court that the only time a court appointed attorney would be offered would be if the judge thought there was the possibility he could face jail time.
This is extremely stressful for him and is causing him undue stress which is complicating his medical condition. He has only 17% infraction rate as most of his heart muscle is dead. It seems we should be able to speak with someone or counsel before the Pre-Trial date.
Thank you very much for your information; it has cleared up many grey areas for me. I worked at this particular courthouse several years ago, but in Probation....a lot of their procedures have changed as have the judges and court staff. I found the staff's demeanor callous and unfeeling at best; it was all very rote behavior with no consideration for the defendants' being arraigned - now I know why I don't work there anymore! My husband also was treated very rudely at the jail.
He was held in holding, in an overcrowded holding cell (while there were several available and empty); they held him for four hours - he was only booked when the bail bondsman showed up with the bail money; then he was printed/pictured and given his belongings back. I understand according to what you're saying it seems like they were playing by the rules. There were pay phones in the holding areas but they were out of order due to a change over in the system with the opening of a new facility. No one conveyed this to my husband or any of the other inmates, he only learned of it from the woman we hired to post bond. Another excuse for the wait was that the jail was on "lock down", again with no further explanation. I am also checking into false arrest and civil rights advice.
Thank you Paul for your timely and informative clarification of the process. I do know the officers and officials are protected under governmental immunity. I am confident this will be dismissed; then, we will definitely file a complaint against this alleged victim.
May I call on you again if I have more questions?
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