Santa Ana, CA asked in Criminal Law for California

Q: Why is my friend in jail but there is no case number or next court date

Since he’s been locked up there was no case number & He already had arraignment on Friday, but after midnight is when they took the court dates off the website.

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Under California law, if your friend is in jail but there's no case number or next court date available, it could be due to several reasons. Initially, it's important to understand that the legal process involves multiple stages, starting from arrest to booking, and then to the arraignment where formal charges are presented. If the arrest has just occurred, there might be a delay in the system updating with a case number and the scheduling of a court date. This is especially true during weekends or holidays when court operations may be slower.

Another possibility is that your friend is under investigation, and the authorities are yet to file formal charges. During this period, law enforcement might hold the individual for questioning or further investigation. The duration of such holds can vary, but there are legal limits to how long someone can be detained without being charged. It's crucial during this time to seek legal advice to understand the rights and options available.

If you're concerned about the lack of information regarding a case number or next court date, reaching out to a legal representative or a public defender's office could provide clarity and assistance. They can help in navigating the system, ensuring that your friend's rights are protected, and in some cases, may expedite the process of obtaining crucial information about the case status and upcoming court appearances.

Paula Wasserman Drake
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  • Tustin, CA
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A: Since you indicate he has had an arraignment, there should be a case number and next court date I’m not sure where you are searching. Check on Monday for an update in the system. The jail will know where he’s housed. If you call a local criminal defense attorney, they know how to find the information and should be able to help you.

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