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Asked 345 days ago by a user from Naperville, IL
My son was arrested this week on a warrant we weren't aware of for controlled substance. He is being held at the Dupage county jail for his offense. His Bail is set at 10,500, bond is set at 1030.00 I don't know the particulars of the case as i have just heard about it. He is 18 yrs old. I can't afford his bail. He was not assigned a public defender at his bond hearing. What can I do to assist him?
He probably does not need a legal rep for the bond hearing unless you suspect that the pros will contend his bail and there are no charges involving violence. I also assume that he is no repeat offender. The bond is kind of high here however so I suspect distribution charges probably based on the amount he was caught with.
He will have a court appointed attorney assigned as well so I hope they can explain all the charges and possible outcomes.
9 out of 10 cases like this will result in a plea. Unless you can afford to hire a lawyer at this time there is little you can do other than tell him not to say anything regards to gult and wait to consult his counsel. It would probably help if you were there and if he is young to show that you will likely be taking responsibility for him to some extent.
Also, reach out to some criminal lawyers in your area and see what they say. Get them on the phone for a consult if you can.
All the best,
From your post it sounds like he's already had a bond hearing, bail was set at an amount neither he nor you can post, and appointed counsel was denied. While he is entitled to represent himself that's not a very good idea. But if you can't raise the bail money you probably cannot afford to hire him a lawyer for this felony charge. Maybe a public defender will be appointed at a future court date.