Movies, television shows, and even real life stories often perpetuate the myth that a person only gets one phone call if they find themselves in jail. But is that really what happens? What would happen if the person you called did not answer or would not accept the call? Are you simply out of luck? If a person does find themselves in jail as a detainee for any reason, it is important to know what to expect and what your rights actually are.
In fact, a guard has no legal obligation to offer a detainee any access to a phone. Any phone calls that a person is allowed to make are a courtesy. If you find yourself in this circumstance, it is important to remember that your access to a phone is not your right, but a courtesy and it is important to be respectful and efficient in using that courtesy.
Most phone calls out of a jail setting will have to be made collect. This means that it is important to call a person that you trust and can depend on. It is important to know the number of a reliable family member to help you with your current situation. Memorizing a phone number to call in the event of an emergency is an important step for any person.
It is important to know that most bail bondsmen will not accept collect calls, so it is important to contact and instruct another person to assist you with bail. Having a family member or trusted friend secure your bail is an important step in getting back to your daily life.
If you are facing DUI charges it is crucial that you have a strong defense working for you to protect your legal rights and freedoms.