We deal with a lot of immigration bonds and holds here in Atlanta, but it always surprises me how little most people know about how bail bonds work and how immigration holds work. They don’t correlate with one another and there are certain things that have to be in place before we can get you out of jail. Granted, you’re reading this right now so there’s no way that you are currently incarcerated. That being said, maybe you are reading this post because your friend or loved one is locked up. Either way, this post should give you a good idea of what to do and what not to do in jail.
Write Down Phone Numbers From Your Cell Phone’s Contact List.
An inmate will get a certain number of phone calls after they are arrested. They can call anyone they like, but some jails may limit the number of calls. The general rule for phone calls in jail is that you can call as many people as you like for as long as you like, as long as no one else is waiting to use the phone. The jailers make sure that everyone gets their fair share of phone time. There are also certain lock-down times in which no one can use the telephone. That being said, you don’t want to have an opportunity to use the phone and not know any numbers. Inmates don’t get a second chance to go into their belongings and retrieve phone numbers. It has to be done before they itemize all of the defendant’s belongings during the booking intake process.
If an inmate doesn’t have an immigration hold, they should contact a bail bondsman with the link we provided on our homepage. However, these tips still apply to both cases, either immigration related or not.
Calls In Jail Are Recorded. Don’t Make Your Criminal Case Worse.
Remember that every single call from the jail is being recorded. Never admit guilt or give any details about your case that could help the prosecution. If you are speaking with an immigration lawyer or a bail bondsman, just give them the basics about your case and refer to everything as ‘alleged.’ You are still innocent until proven guilty. Try not to be vague, but don’t give specific details about your criminal case or immigration status either. Your lawyer or bondsman can look up the details in the jail’s online search portal, but here are the different types of bonds available. They’ll ask you for your name, when you were arrested, where you’re currently being incarcerated (the jail’s name), and if you know your bail amount or not. They can look that last part up for you, but you might save them the time if you already know it.
Bail Bonds and Immigration Holds
When someone gets arrested, they aren’t eligible to be bonded out if they are in the country illegally. If someone’s immigration status is in question, they will be held until the prosecution can figure out what to do with them. We also wrote about the whole bonding process and how bail bonds work in our previous post so make sure to check that out if there isn’t an I.C.E. hold on the defendant.
If there IS an immigration hold, then call us. It might be something very simple in the inmate’s visa that can be corrected or a fine to be paid and the person can get released. I’ve almost never seen two immigration holds alike and bonds for these things can be complicated. Either way call us and we’ll let you know what to do next.