Arrested: What to Do When Your Loved One's in Jail [NOOK Book]

Overview

When someone close to you is arrested, things get Crazy fast. Inmates want bail bonds and private attorneys, food from the commissary, health care and prescription drugs. They want someone to prove, somehow, that witnesses were lying or that police reports were incorrect. Lawyers and bail bondsmen appear, as if by magic, with hands held out for money, and are followed by jail fees, arrest fees, jail phone charges, probation fees, class fees, ...

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

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Overview

When someone close to you is arrested, things get Crazy fast. Inmates want bail bonds and private attorneys, food from the commissary, health care and prescription drugs. They want someone to prove, somehow, that witnesses were lying or that police reports were incorrect. Lawyers and bail bondsmen appear, as if by magic, with hands held out for money, and are followed by jail fees, arrest fees, jail phone charges, probation fees, class fees, drug test fees, and on and on.

What to do?

Arrested explains how to make decisions that are in the best interests of the entire family-not just the defendant-and provides checklists of what to do, and in what order. It explains legal proceedings and jail procedures; it guides you through painful decisions; it helps you gather vital information, manage your budget, and avoid scams; it advises you how to choose a good private attorney-and whether you even need one. Form letters are included so you can quickly send important information to inmates.

Whether your loved one is charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct or first-degree murder, Arrested is an indispensable book.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Denham turns years of experience as an investigator for a criminal defense law firm into no-nonsense advice for those with a loved one in jail. His book amounts to a valuable extended checklist for those coping with the incarceration of a family member or significant friend, from the time the phone rings with news of the arrest onward. Denham shares the jargon, procedures, tricks, and traps in his coverage of jail visits, bail, public defenders, jail medical care, and legal and jail costs, and he outlines a decision-making process that considers the well-being of the entire family. The text includes an assessment tool that helps readers determine whether their incarcerated loved one is capable of staying out of trouble and a template for a family management plan designed to help the defendant prove his or her worthiness for leniency at sentencing. VERDICT Hard-hitting, blunt, and practical, this book is packed with inside knowledge of the jail experience. It's a necessary purchase for criminal justice collections in public libraries.—Joan Pedzich, Harris Beach PLLC, Rochester, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569767429
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 737,458
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Wes Denham is the coauthor of Arrest-Proof Yourself. He has spent years interviewing men behind bars as an investigator and Spanish translator for a criminal defense law firm and writing family management plans for criminal defendants.

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Table of Contents

1 Star Light, Star Bright, Get Me Out of Jail Tonight! Those Terrible Telephone Calls 1

2 The Golden Road to Samarqand Preface to Freedom 6

3 You, the Gumshoe How to Get Critical Information 21

4 Toss Your Crib, Car, and Computer An Urgent Priority 32

5 Going to the Big House Jail Visits 39

6 "Give Your Hearts to Jesus, Boys..." Life in Jail 43

7 Sick, Confused, and Crazy Medical Care and Mental Illness 55

8 Bureaucratic Heroin and Black Holes Commissaries and Jail Phones 60

9 How Chancroid Saves a Twink Sex in Jail 68

10 As the Worm Turns Drug Addiction 74

11 Does the Elevator Go Up to the Top, or Not? Homo Chaoticus, Unsocialized Man 80

12 Hitting Bottom How to Recognize a Readiness to Change 89

13 Why Gung Ho Is Good The Character Factories 93

14 To Help or Not to Help? Rating Defendants 103

15 The Tickle of the Trocar Bail and Bail Bonds 117

16 How a Wino Saved the Sixth Amendment Public Defenders, Plea Bargains, and the Caseload Gorilla 124

17 The Pin-Striped Mafia Fee Whores, Voodoo Doctors, Dodo Birds, and Other Legal Vermin 132

18 Crackerjack Private Attorneys How to Find the Prize in the Box 142

19 Show Me the Work, I'll Show You the Money Getting a Quotation for Legal Services and Fees 152

20 Negotiating a Contract for Legal Defense Getting the Bang for Your Bucks 170

21 How to Help the Defense Getting Busy In Jail and Out 173

22 Money! Money! Money! The Budget 179

23 Outdoor Jail Probation and Parole 190

24 To Snitch Is a Bitch Cooperating with Police and Prosecutors 202

25 Your Personal Witness Protection Program Blowing the 'Hood 206

26 The Family Management Plan Making a Difference for Your Defendant 209

27 Why Are So Many People in Jail? Juking the Stats in the Crime-Crazed U.S.A 220

Appendixes

A Library of Forms and Letters 236

B How to Dispute Attorney Credit Card Charges 243

C The Dictionary of Crime and Punishment 245

Index 253

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