Many people who are in custody awaiting a Bail or Immigration hearing do not realize how important it is to have a solid “release plan” to offer the Court or Immigration authorities. Don’t wait for your friend or relative to be denied release because your plan wasn’t comprehensive enough. Look into the many options for electronic monitoring, GPS tracking, alcohol monitoring and other solutions to get the best chances for release from custody before your trial or hearing.
- Do your research on the internet and use search terms like “electronic monitoring for bail or immigration review”
- Sometimes you will have to explore specific technologies to understand how they might help. For example, if the charges involve alcohol, then search for “Alcohol Monitoring for Bail or Immigration”. If you are prepared to follow a strict curfew to improve your chances for release, then search for “Electronic Monitoring Radio-Frequency for Bail or Immigration”. If you need to work, go to school or attend a program but might need to accept a movement restriction, then search for “GPS Tracking for Bail or Immigration”.
- Take the time to call agencies or companies who can help answer questions about how the technology works, how long it takes to get arranged, how much it costs, etc. It can be expensive, so search for “accepts credit cards for electronic monitoring in bail or immigration cases”, and this way you can have options if you or your family don’t have cash up-front to pay for the right solution. Try and find companies who have a toll-free number to reduce your long distance bill.
- If all the information is overwhelming and you can’t deal with all the details, ask your lawyer or immigration consultant to help you out. But remember, they charge by the hour, so make sure your questions are very clear if you want them to do the research for you.
- Be confident that electronic monitoring has been around for decades and is in use around the world. But don’t wait before looking into it, or you risk having your friend or relative denied being released because the “release plan” that was proposed to the Court or Immigration Review Board was not acceptable. Go in with a solid plan from the beginning.
- There’s a lot of information out there – just use the right keywords to find it quickly.
- Make calls to follow up if you have questions. Try and deal with companies or agencies that have a toll-free number to keep your long-distance bill low.
- If you can’t deal with the details, ask your lawyer or immigration consultant to help out. Just be clear, because they usually charge by the hour.
- Talk to people who have done this before and know how to work closely with lawyers or immigration consultants. Ask them if they can prepare an Affidavit or if they’ve attended Court to give testimony.