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OK, I'll bite. My wife (Laurie) and her sister (Kim) were

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OK, I'll bite. My wife (Laurie) and her sister (Kim) were pulled over tonight and Laurie was arrested for DUI - .08 which is the limit in Indiana, I am told. When they searched her purse they fould clonazepam that Kim takes for her MS condition. Laurie lays out Kim's pills and manages her finances and prescriptions each week. They are holding her without bail until she can go before the judge Monday morning. It never crossed our mind that she was doing anything illegal by carrying it for her. I was worried about the DUI until I started reading up on the Felony charge potential. She is scared to death and I can't even see her until Monday morning in court. What should I do? Laurie is a 30 year special ed. school teacher with nothing but a speeding tickets in her past. They are holding her without bail. Right now I just want to get her out.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  LegalEagle1 replied 4 years ago.
Hello and welcome to JustAnswer. I would like to assist you with your question today.

I am sorry to hear about your wife's situation. It is unfortunate that when people are arrested late Friday or early Saturday morning that they have to wait until Monday morning to have their bond determined or reviewed by the court.

What I suggest that you do is that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in your area and ask them how the specific court in which your wife's charges have been filed are handles the setting of bonds. In many circumstances the courts have procedures in place where they will review cases over the phone. In situations where a party is not represented the information regarding a defendant is provided by law enforcement and a pre-trial service type agency. It is very one sided. Under such procedure many people receive no bond or a high bond. Defenses lawyers typically will know how the system works and in many cases can have information regarding a client presented to judge to have a bond set.

Also the lawyer will be permitted to go and speak to your wife and explain to her what the process is and then tell her (and you) what information or documents you will need to have for court on Monday, if they are not able to get an acceptable bond set prior to then.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Hi: Your advice was good, but it was several hours before I received it. I also contacted the website to inquire and never received a reply. Consequently I can give you good marks, but not this service. Not sure how to do this. I'm thinking owes me a refund. I went ahead and engaged a local lawyer that will represent Laurie Monday, before I received your reply this morning.

The kid at the jail window told me that a lawyer could see her any time. I just want her to know I'm not upset with her. Can a public defender or advocate relay that message to her for me?


Mike G.