In the state of Maine, bail is set as a way to guarantee to the courts that you will return for your hearing. If you don’t post it, you will be held until the date of your trial. This could be relatively quickly, or it could literally takes months to happen. There are serious, potentially life-altering, consequences to not posting it – you could lose your job, you would be separated from your family. That is why it is so important to have a lawyer present at the time of your first appearance in front of a judge.
Why is important to have a lawyer at your bail hearing?
The amount of money you have to post can vary, and having an attorney beside you who can talk to the judge and explain the circumstances in your life that would be adversely affected if you were held until your hearing is incredibly helpful. Your lawyer can explain to the judge why it is in the best interest for everyone involved for you to be back at work and back with your children.
In today’s video, founding partner Merritt Heminway explains how it works, and how having an experienced lawyer on your side can help.