Merced Court

The Merced Court is a courthouse of the Merced County Superior Court of California. The court handles matters in the criminal, family law, jury services, traffic, civil, administration, court investigation, finance, human resources, judicial support and juvenile divisions.

Merced is a medium-sized city in California, and it is home to over 255,000 residents. The Merced Courthouse is located on 2260 N Street, Merced, CA 95340. The presiding judge of the Merced Courthouse is currently Judge Brian L. McCabe. The court is open on 7:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. There is a court calendar available online so that defendants can check their scheduled court dates. An after-hours drop-box is also available for defendants who may need to pay a fine or file an important court document after hours.

Criminal Procedure in the Merced Court

Defendants should be aware that the clerks of the Merced Court are not authorized to provide legal advice. A defendant should seek help from an attorney if he or she needs assistance in filing documents or preparing for a trial. All defendants also have the constitutional right to have a lawyer if they are unable to afford one. The judge will ask a defendant whether he or she has secured an attorney at the first appearance. The judge will continue to ask the defendant whether he or she has secured a lawyer at each critical stage in the case that follows.

A judge also has a duty to inquire about a defendant’s waiver of legal representation. If a defendant decides to act as a pro se litigant, then he or she must have voluntarily and knowingly waived the right to legal counsel.

When a defendant is arrested for a crime, he or she will usually remain in custody for 24 to 48 hours. After the expiration of this time, he or she will be entitled to a first appearance hearing before the judge. The judge advises the defendant of his or her constitutional rights at this time. The judge will also analyze the defendant’s background and the charges filed against him or her to determine a bail amount. Every court uses a bail schedule to set the bail amount for a defendant. This schedule states the specific bail amounts set for crimes.

Obtaining Bail for One’s Case

After the bail has been set, a defendant may feel overwhelmed by its amount. Usually, bail is very high and difficult to pay. A person likely cannot afford to pay for bail out of his or her personal finances. He or she will need to secure financing from friends, family members or a bail bond company. A bail bond company can offer financing for a defendant in exchange for collateral or other personal items of value. In addition, friends and family members can also offer collateral to secure financing for a defendant. Defendants can get in touch with a bail bond company to learn about the types of bonds that may be available to them.

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