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Criminal Law – the Basics


An excellent review of the very minimal basics of criminal law is found on the blog “Lawyers Club” at:

http://abmishra.wordpress.com/2008/06/17/criminal-law-the-basics/

Your basic rights in the crimnal justice system are explained at:

http://criminal.findlaw.com/crimes/criminal_rights/

Any one representing themselves should understand this thoroughly and also needs to educate themselves about a lot more!

Bail in Cook County – definitions: “I-Bond” = personal recognizance bond which means you don’t have to pay any money to get out of jail, but if you don’t show up for court, the county can send the sheriff to not only arrest you but collect the bail from you as a penalty.  “D-Bond” means you have to pay 10 % of the bail to get out of jail. “C-Bond” means you have to pay the whole bail to get out of jail. Once your case has been decided and you are either acquitted or sentenced, the court will order that the bond be returned to you minus 10% as a fee levied by the Court Clerk for handling the money.

So – If bail was $1,000 D-Bond, you pay $100 to get out of jail and are returned $90 when you are sentenced or acquiteed. It takes about 6 – 8 weeks for them to return the money to you.  If the bail is $1 million D-Bond, you pay $100,000 to get out of jail and they return $90,000 when you are sentenced or acquitted.

This is an unfair penalty on the innocent, but the Illinois Supreme Court has unethically permitted this 10 % tax by the clerk on bonds to continue.

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