Can a friend or family memeber request a bond reduction?

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Can a friend or family memeber request a bond reduction?

My fiance has been arrested and has had his first court hearing/ arraignment. The judge has already reduced his bail but not enough so that we are able to afford it. Is there any way that I may request a bond/ bail reduction on his behalf?

Asked on August 12, 2017 under Criminal Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No, you cannot. "Fiance" is not a legally recognized relationship, to start with: a fiance never has standing, or legal right, to intervene in or interject herself in another's legal matter. Morever, assuming your fiance is a competent adult, no other person, other than his lawyer/attorney, can represent him in court, make legal requests on his behalf, file motions or legal papers for him, etc. If you hire a lawyer for him, the lawyer may be able to help you--though if the bail has already been reduced, it is not particularly likely that it will  be reduced yet again.


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