What is a third party?

The Court can release a defendant to the third-party custody of another person. If you are a third-party signer, your job is to be a tattle tale. You must inform the Court if the defendant violates any of the conditions of release. This includes leaving the state, missing court, using drugs, contacting someone he or she has been ordered not to contact, committing a new crime, etc. If you know that the defendant is violating his release conditions and you do not report it to the Court, you can be fined or even put in jail. As long as you report the violation immediately, you will not be fined or jailed.

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1. Should I discuss the alleged crime with the defendant?
2. Should I contact a victim, witness, or co-defendant?
3. Should I send letters directly to the judge or prosecutor?
4. Can I talk to the attorney?
5. What if I or a loved one am a victim?
6. How do I post bond?
7. What is a third party?
8. What about jail visitation?
9. What happens at a hearing?