What does misdemeanor pre-trial mean?

UPDATED: Sep 17, 2011

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What does misdemeanor pre-trial mean?

My boyfriend went to jail a week ago and his imprisonment status is misdemeanor pre-trial, but the bond status is zero dollars. What does that mean?

Asked on September 17, 2011 under Criminal Law, West Virginia


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Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

A misdemeanor criminal charge in most states in this country has the maximum penalty of six (6) months in jail and a one-thousand dollar ($1,000.00) fine.

Since your boyfriend is currently in jail, there is no bonding status for his release where a bond has been placed for him to get out of jail. This is why bond status is zero dollars ($0). The reference of imprisonment status is misdemeanor pre-trial is that he is charged with a misdemeanor crime and no trial has been held yet.

If your boyfriend has yet to retain an attorney for the charges against him or consult with a public defender, he should consider doing so.

Good luck. 


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