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Summit Defense Attorneys – Pleasanton
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6200 Stoneridge Mall Road, Suite 300
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Plesasanton, CA Criminal Attorney: Frequently Asked Questions
I've been arrested in Pleasanton. Where will my court be?
If you are accused of a crime in Pleasanton, your case will be heard at the Gale-Schenone Hall of Justice at 5672 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. This is one of several courthouses throughout Alameda County.
Your attorney will let you know exactly which courtroom your case is in, and a list of all cases is posted at the court each morning. The list tells you which courtroom each case is in, and who the presiding judge is. You can also find information about your case online, up to five days in advance.
Do I have to attend court, or can my attorney go for me?
It depends on what kind of offense you are charged with. One advantage of retaining a lawyer is that, for many charges, your attorney can go to court in your place. This applies to all misdemeanors, with the exception of domestic violence matters. If you have been charged with a domestic violence offense or a felony, then you must attend court with your attorney.
Can I look up the Pleasanton court calendar online?
You cannot access the full court calendar for the Pleasanton courthouse online. You can find information about your case online, however, up to five days in advance. You simply perform a search by name, and calendar information for cases listed that day, or in the next 4 days, will be displayed. For further information, you can call the clerk’s office at the court between the hours of 8.30am and 2.30pm on (925) 227-6796.
When you have a Summit Defense attorney representing you, however, you do not need to be concerned with finding out when your case is scheduled – we will inform you when your matter is next in court, and let you know if you need to come to court or not.
Where is the jail for Pleasanton?
Most people who are arrested in the Pleasanton area are taken to the Santa Rita Jail, located at 5325 Broder Blvd., Dublin. This jail houses both men and women, and both pre-trial and sentenced inmates. The other jail in Alameda County is the Glenn E. Dyer Detention Facility (the GDJ), located in Oakland, but it is rare for someone arrested in Pleasanton to be taken there.
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Department runs the Santa Rita Jail, and sets the rules for all visits and other contact with inmates.
How do I visit someone in jail in Pleasanton?
To visit an inmate held at Santa Rita Jail, you must book a visit in advance. You can book a visit up to three days in advance by calling the Visiting Line on (925) 551-6578 between 8am and 12 noon, and 1pm to 5pm. You can also book a visit online through the Sheriff’s Department website.
If you’re not sure where an inmate is being held, you can find inmate information online here. It is useful to check on the most recent status of an inmate, as well as where they are housed, before trying to book a visit.
Like all jails, the Santa Rita Jail has strict rules related to visitor conduct, clothing, and property. Also, some people - such as people who have been released from jail or prison only recently – are prohibited from visiting inmates at all. The full list of the rules and regulations, as well as the visiting times for each part of the facility, is displayed on this page of the Sheriff’s Department website. Ensure that you are familiar with these rules before you attend the jail because a violation of the rules may mean you do not get to visit the inmate at all.
How do I help my friend or relative bail out in Pleasanton?
Whether the person’s bail is set at the police station when they are booked, or when they appear in front of a judge, the bond will need to be paid before they can be released. The exception to this is if the accused person is released on his or her own recognizance.
Most people do not have the large amount of cash at hand that can be required to post bail in many cases, and choose to use the services of a bail bondsman. If we are representing you, Summit Defense Attorneys works with a bail bonds company that we can recommend to you, and which offers our clients a discount. Another alternative to cash bail is a property bond, if the accused person or someone willing to post bond for them owns a home or some other property. To find out if a property bond is suitable in your case, you should consult with your attorney.
To post bail for someone arrested in Pleasanton, you need to go to the Santa Rita Jail. The Jail lobby is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and you can post bail by way of cash, cashier’s check, or a bail bond. The rules as to how bail is posted and what payment is accepted, however, may change from time to time, so it is often a good idea to check with your attorney before going to the Jail, or to call the Jail on (925) 551-6500.
Can I look up my Pleasanton criminal record online?
No, your official criminal record is not available online. You can, however, view court records at the courthouse. If it has been some time since your case was dealt with at the court in Pleasanton, it is a good idea to call the court first to check if the record you want is still stored there. You can call the court on (925) 227-6700. To access your record, you simply need to attend the courthouse during the opening hours of 8.30am to 2.30pm, present identification, and pay any fees related to copying if required.
Some people will need a full and complete copy of their criminal record, such as for expungement proceedings. To obtain that, you will need to apply for an official copy from the California Department of Justice. This requires fingerprinting at an accredited livescan facility, and you then submit a form and the appropriate fee. Please contact your attorney for more information regarding eligibility for expungement.
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