When a person traveling to Atlanta is charged with trafficking marijuana at the Atlanta airport the first concern is going to be how to get a bond to get the person charged with trafficking marijuana at the Atlanta airport out of jail as soon as possible. Another question is, how much will my bond be for trafficking marijuana? At our law firm we have handled a number of bond hearings and received consent bonds in Clayton County on trafficking marijuana at the Atlanta airport. We believe we have a recipe for success that you can follow in order to get a bond on a trafficking marijuana case. A bond hearing is where a judge will decide if the person trafficking in marijuana at the Atlanta airport is a good candidate for bond. The factors a judge will consider on trafficking cases generally include, criminal record or lack of a criminal record, flight risk or whether the person will appear in court when directed, and/or likelihood of committing a new felony offense while out on bond. Since people who are charged with trafficking in marijuana are generally transient or they generally have out of Georgia ties, the court will be concerned they will not appear in court when the case comes up for additional court dates. You must be in a position to allay the court’s fears the person charged with trafficking marijuana will in fact appear in court when directed to do so. A consent bond is where the State’s prosecutor agrees to a bond amount and the defense accepts because the person arrested for trafficking marijuana at the Atlanta airport feels they can afford the bond amount.
First question for consideration is how much did the Marijuana in the person traveling with marijuana in their suitcase at the Atlanta airport weigh. If it is less that twenty pounds your chances of getting a lower bond in Clayton County are greater. Second, did the person traveling have more that $1000 cash on them. If they did, they are likely a mule. A mule is someone who is generally destitute or poor and they are so desperate for money that they agree to transport a suitcase or luggage without knowing its contents. If the person is poor and you can show the prosecutor this evidence and they had a large sum of money (which is consistent with the mule’s fee) the prosecutor is more likely to grant a bond. Third, do the flight records show a first-time travel for that person on the same flight origination? If so, this is likely the first time the person traveling with the large amounts of marijuana is flying with marijuana. If you can show no pattern of travel the State is more likely to consent to a low bond. The State’s prosecutor and Court will want to know the criminal history of client. Things of major importance will be does the person have any felonies on their record? Has the person ever failed to appear in court – even for traffic violations? Does the person have any violations of probation or parole? Furthermore, it is important to have a local address in which the person charged with trafficking marijuana will live at while the case is pending.
If you are an attorney trying to acquire a consent bond for trafficking marijuana in Clayton County at the Atlanta Jackson-Hartsfield Airport, here is what you need to do. Go through the criminal history to have a good handle on what the criminal history provides. If any discrepancies come up on the persons charged GCIC or NCIC be in a position to pull the official court record to confirm the inaccuracies in the official record. In our experience this happens way too often. Second, pull a copy of the incident report. You will need to make a copy of the incident report and provide a copy to the State’s prosecutor in order to get a quick bond offer. If client has a passport, obtain the passport and be willing to turn the passport in to law enforcement to hold pending the case’s outcome. If client is poor, have client provide you access to his or her bank account to show how little amount she has in the account. If client lives in an apartment or humble residence, have someone take photos of the residence to show the State’s prosecutor client’s simple living arrangements. If client does not have a local address to live at see if client’s family can acquire a local address. Lastly, do not have client snitch or become a state witness. In my experience it serves no purpose as it does not assist in getting a bond.