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What happens in a federal detention hearing?

Whitney S. Boan Protecting Your Right

Video Transcript

A federal detention hearing is a detention hearing where a judge will determine whether or not you are appropriate for release pending trial and what conditions may be appropriate to be attached or assigned to that release. Specifically, there are certain federal offenses for which there exists a rebuttable presumption under federal law that you should be detained. If you are charged with one of those offenses, it’s very important that you speak with a lawyer immediately to determine what, if any, evidence can be presented by your lawyer in order to rebut the presumption of detention if you fall under one of those statutes with which you’ve been charged but also to be able to address the court even if you don’t face a rebuttable presumption of detention to argue that you should be released on the most minimal terms possible at your detention hearing moving forward with your federal case.