Criminal Defense Attorney in Fulton Co., GA
Fulton County Criminal Defense Lawyer
If someone you care about is in the Fulton County jail, your first concern is probably the Fulton County criminal bond process. The Fulton County criminal bond process can be difficult and confusing. There are frequently hurdles that are difficult to overcome because, quite honestly, many people do not know what the hurdle is to the setting of the bond and the release. Our Fulton County criminal defense lawyer is here to help you.
Basic information for your Fulton County criminal case
The best way to obtain information about the bond is to simply go to Fulton County jail. The jail is located at:
901 Rice Street
Atlanta, GA 30318
The South Fulton County Annex, which is used to house female inmates from the Rice Street facility, is located at:
South Fulton Municipal Regional Jail
6500 Watson Street
Union City, GA 30291
It is difficult to say whether the bonding and release process moves more quickly when a surety or cash bond is used in the Fulton County jail. We generally recommend that clients use a bonding company for securing release from the Fulton County jail. We make this recommendation because of the long time period over which cases typically remain pending in Fulton County. If you post a cash bond, those funds will be tied up for the entirety of the time that the criminal case is pending.
Why does it take so long to get a court date in Fulton County?
It is not at all uncommon for defendants to experience delays in excess of 1 year between the date that their case is transferred to the Fulton County State Court and the date of their initial appearance (arraignment) in Fulton County State Court. The reason for such a long delay is fairly simple: Fulton County State and Superior Courts handle almost 50 percent of the total number of criminal cases for the entirety of the State of Georgia in a single calendar year. That’s right, this county is so busy that it processes nearly one-half of the total number of criminal cases for the whole state. Also, consider all of the different sources of misdemeanor criminal cases that feed into the Fulton County State Court. Every one of the municipal courts in Fulton County process cases into the Fulton County State:
- Johns Creek
- Mountain Park
- Sandy Springs
- Chattahoochee Hill Country
- College Park
- East Point
- Union City
And, those are not the only sources of misdemeanor criminal cases being processed into Fulton County State Court. Some cases originate in Fulton County State Court by warrants, some cases are processed into the Fulton County Magistrate Courts, and some cases are referred to the State Court from the Superior Court.
So, the delay is understandable.
But this whole discussion about why delays occur in Fulton County State Court misdemeanor prosecutions ignores the real question that most criminal defendants want to know: are the delays good or bad for me?
Does the delay in Fulton County Hurt or Help my case?
The delay will not be harmful to your defense as long as you or your lawyer are not causing it. I have written extensively about the constitutional speedy trial right in Georgia.
Contact Sessions & Fleischman today for a free consultation with a Fulton County Criminal Defense Lawyer!
We strive to provide the highest level of legal representation and legal service to injury victims throughout Georgia. Call us to schedule a meeting today, and we are certain that you will walk away feeling a lot more empowered about this unfortunate situation.