How Much is Bail?

Bail amount is very subjective. The Constitution’s Eighth Amendment prohibits “excessive bail,” but that’s not very helpful when you try to translate this decade to decade. What is excessive to you or me is not excessive at all to someone like Amazon honcho Jeff Bezos. So, the presumptive bail amount is basically a one-size-fits-all price… Read More

The Smart Way To Turn Yourself In.

A public arrest is one of the most embarrassing things that can happen to a person. When officers come to your place of work or home and lead you away in handcuffs, nothing good happens. In fact, these incidents can have wide-ranging effects that include problems at work and difficulties with relationships. Public arrests are… Read More

FAQ’s About Shelby County Bench Warrants

Most crimes, except for murder and other very serious offenses, have a statute of limitations. In most misdemeanors, the statute of limitations is only a year or two. But Shelby County warrants never expire Once issued, they remain active until served. So, as you can imagine there are plenty of people who have outstanding… Read More

How and Why Can My Bond Get Revoked?

Judicial Bond Revocation Typically, the judge immediately revokes bond in failure to appear cases. There is no hearing and judges do not accept any excuses (e.g. I got lost on my way to 201 Poplar Avenue). Judges can also unilaterally revoke bond if the defendant does not live up to the conditions. Re-arrest is a… Read More

Visiting Someone in Shelby County Jail

Visiting someone in jail can be hard enough.  It’s doubly hard if you don’t know where to go, when to go and how to follow the rules.   Below are important pieces of information to guide your visit to the Shelby County Jail. Jail Visiting Location/Days/Hours Shelby County male inmates are housed in downtown Memphis at… Read More

Can I Leave the Jurisdiction While I’m Out on Bond?

When you have been arrested in the the greater Memphis, Tennessee area and released on bond with the bondsman at United Bonding Company, in many ways, bond is a lot like misdemeanor probation. They are both court-supervised release from jail. They may both involve a number of conditions, including remaining within the state and/or county… Read More

Dealing with Domestic Assault Arrests in Tennessee

According to one advocacy group, there are about ten million assault victims in the United States every year. Some of these cases involve emotional or verbal abuse. But the vast majority involve physical abuse, and that usually means domestic violence assault charges. Contrary to popular myth, the defendant can still be convicted of domestic… Read More

Yes, Looks Matter When You Appear in Court

  It is human nature to assume that, if a person has been to jail, they did something wrong.  You do not want to look the part of a criminal, because a bad first impression has the potential to make your case much more difficult to defend. Judges in the state of Tennessee carefully explain… Read More