Should I expect to be remanded into custody?

If you already posted bail, were released on a promise to appear, or were sent a courtesy notice to appear for arraignment, typically that will remain the same. If you voluntarily appeared on a courtesy notice, release on a signed promise to appear or release on pre-trial release is generally granted. However, if you have warrants, are on probation, or have other charges pending, that status may change.


Similarly, if you bailed on a charge of driving while intoxicated, but then it was determined that you have one or more prior convictions within 10 years, this could lead to more serious charges and possible remand. The same is often true if you have been previously convicted of a serious or violent felony (a "strike"), and are being charged with a new felony.

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1. I think I have a warrant. What should I do?
2. When is my next court date?
3. Should I expect to be remanded into custody?
4. What should I expect at my first court appearance?
5. Can I speak to a public defender before my first appearance?
6. What happens if I'm in custody and the police want to talk to me or to place me in a lineup?
7. How do I get a public defender?
8. Are public defender's "real" lawyers?
9. Should I just hire a private lawyer?
10. How do I contact my public defender?
11. I like a certain attorney. Can I choose who is assigned to my case?
12. I don't like my current deputy public defender. Can I get a new one?
13. How can I expunge a conviction from my record?