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Response to DreamSmoker (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 03:59 PM

4. Medical marijuana is no defense to federal charges

"Federal" = no medical defense. In state court, even if charged with a felony a medical recommendation is accepted evidence/defense. And, in federal court, they do not use traditional "Bail Bondsmen." Generally, the federal government looks at two issues when determining pre-trial release; 1) flight risk, and 2) whether the arestee is a danger to the community. Some defendants are released O.R. Some are released O.R but are required to sign and agreement (usually along with a co-signer) that if they fail to make a scheduled appearance in court they "owe the US Government (fill-in)" amount of money. Sometimes they ask for someone to put up real property as collateral. There are usually a couple of pages of "Pre-Trial Release Conditions" which they must agree to/comply with, as well. In cases where the federal government claims "drug trafficking," or drug based conspiracy charges, the court will not accept a co-signer who is suspected of involvement or property as collateral which is owned by the defendant or a co-defendant.

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