Massage parlor arrests are on the uprise, and unfortunately, there are many tricky aspects in the legal process when it comes to getting someone out of jail on bond. It’s not uncommon for a massage parlor arrest to be put into a sealed indictment, which is legal, but, they are problematic for defendants. Learn the best ways to help get your loved one get out of jail quickly for a massage parlor arrest.
In the matters of massage parlor arrests, it's crucial to understand how sealed indictments work and how it can affect getting your loved one out of jail. Here's the difference between an indictment and a sealed indictment:
An indictment happens when someone is suspected of committing a felony, and prosecutors will present to a grand jury the reasons why criminal charges should be brought against a suspect. The grand jury will take into consideration the evidence from the prosecution to determine if there is probable cause that the suspect committed the crime. If probable cause is determined, then an indictment will be issued.
A sealed indictment is legal, and works the same way as an indictment except the suspect does not know that he is about to be arrested. A sealed indictment is not public record, and the offender and charges are kept under wraps. Once a defendant is arrested, the sealed indictment then becomes unsealed at arraignment.
A sealed indictment can be problematic for two reasons:
It makes it nearly impossible to know if an arrest warrant is active or what the bail amount is set to.
It presents difficulty in making arrangements for a self-surrender and quick bailout.
Typically, sealed indictments are used as a tool to arrest a defendant quickly and without notice. Even in the event that a client is cooperating with an investigation, a sealed indictment may still be utilized to arrest a defendant. Unfortunately, arrests are often publicized and leaks to the press are common. This adds further humiliation for clients since an arrest can happen at any time, and it may be caught on camera by local news organizations.
When it comes to massage parlor arrests, A-1 Bail Bonds has some tips:
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