Arrested: What to Do When Your Loved One's in Jail

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Chicago Review Press, Mar 1, 2010 - Law - 240 pages
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Whether a defendant is charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct or first-degree murder, this is an indispensable guide for those who want to support family members, partners, or friends facing criminal charges. Draining away the confusion by explaining legal proceedings and jail procedures, it identifies common bond scams and lawyer rip-offs and helps organize inmates to assist in their legal defense. In addition to the most common legal motions, challenges, and investigations, this resource also provides additional coverage on how to avoid fights, sex, gambling, and scams that can result in injury while in jail and cause additional criminal charges to be filed. Detailed budgeting forms to calculate the true, multiyear costs of legal defense--all the way through the years of probation, parole, and reentry into society--are also included.
 

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Contents

Those Terrible Telephone Calls
1
Preface to Freedom
6
How to Get Critical Information
21
An Urgent Priority
32
Jail Visits
39
Life in Jail
43
Medical Care and Mental Illness
55
Commissaries and Jail Phones
60
Public Defenders Plea Bargains and the Caseload Gorilla
124
Fee Whores Voodoo Doctors Dodo Birds and Other Legal Vermin
132
How to Find the Prize in the Box
142
Getting a Quotation for Legal Services and Fees
152
Getting the Bang for Your Bucks
170
Getting Busy In Jail and Out
173
The Budget
179
Probation and Parole
190

Sex in Jail
68
Drug Addiction
74
Homo Chaoticus Unsocialized Man
80
How to Recognize a Readiness to Change
89
The Character Factories
93
Rating Defendants
103
Bail and Bail Bonds
117
Cooperating with Police and Prosecutors
202
Blowing the Hood
206
Making a Difference for Your Defendant
209
Juking the Stats in the CrimeCrazed USA
220
Appendixes
236
Index
253
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About the author (2010)

Wes Denham has spent years interviewing men behind bars as an investigator and Spanish translator for a criminal defence law firm and writing family management plans for criminal defendants. He lives in Jacksonville, Florida.

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