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Here are some Pretrial Frequently Asked Questions
What is Second Judicial District Court Pretrial Services?
What are Specialty Court or Diversion Program and do I qualify for one of them?
Currently there are 3 Specialty Court programs within the JSDP Division: 1) Young Adult Court; 2) Mental Health Court; and 3) The Felony Repeat Offender DWI Court. Each specialty court program is designed to address the risks and needs of target individuals facing felony criminal charges. They are sometimes referred to as “diversion programs” because individuals who successfully complete the terms and conditions of a Specialty Court can oftentimes avoid a felony conviction and possible incarceration or prolonged probation. Specialty Courts usually involve a team of treatment practitioners, case managers, attorneys and judges who are committed to helping individuals succeed and come out of the process healthier and more confident, capable and accountable.
Each program has eligibility requirements for participation. If you are interested, talk to your attorney or a JSDP Team Member. Click here for more information about JSDP Specialty/Diversion Courts.
I or a loved one just got arrested – what happens next?
If you or someone you know have been arrested with felony criminal charges in the Second Judicial District (Albuquerque – Bernalillo County), there will be a hearing in-person or remotely with a judge within 72 hours. This event is called a Felony First Appearance Hearing. At this hearing, probable cause will be determined and it will be decided if a) you remain in custody until a preventive detention hearing is set or b) you may be released until an arraignment at District Court. If released, you may be ordered to pretrial supervision or released on recognizance (ROR) (without supervision). As part of any release after being held in custody, you will make a promise with the court that you will show up for all of your court appearances and not pick up any new criminal charges.
How do I know if there is a warrant for my arrest?
How do I check time/date of a court hearing?
Where are Pretrial Services and Specialty Court located?
Click here to find the JSDP Office.
What are the JSDP office hours and how do I contact the office?
Does Pretrial Services or Specialty Courts charge defendants monetary fees or fines?
What happens if I don’t comply with Pretrial Services or follow the release conditions set by the Judge?
What if I miss a court date?
If your attorney is public defender, click here if you need to reach them.
What if I think my drug/alcohol test will be positive? Should I still check in?
If you are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, JSDP encourages you to seek help. Staff members are trained to help connect you to low or no-cost resources such as treatment programs, counseling and other supports. For more information about substance abuse & addiction treatment resources for you or your family, you can start by visiting the Community Services and Resources page.
I was ordered to Random Drug Testing. What number do I call to see if I need to take a drug test?
What is GPS monitoring?
Global Positioning System (GPS) monitoring is a network of satellites and computers that signal a receiver device to determine a highly-accurate location. A GPS device is a tennis ball-sized bracelet that is attached to the ankle using a tamper-resistant strap. The device records movements, charging status and tampering. Information about the device and its location is uploaded into a computer application and is monitored by trained staff 24/7/365.
What happens if I tamper with, remove or fail to charge my GPS ankle bracelet?
What are the rules for coming to Judicial Supervision & Diversion Programs (JSDP) offices for intake or in-person office visits?
We encourage our clients to feel welcome visiting and making a connection with our office and having regular check-ins with JSDP Team Members. We just ask that you follow a few simple rules:
- Please, our services are only for individuals assigned to our program. Please do not bring family members or friends with you for intake or appointments or to wait with you in the lobby (we may make exceptions for some individuals under certain circumstances)
- Please, no children are allowed to accompany clients or be in JSDP offices or lobby area
- Please, no animals are allowed, unless they are certified service animals
- Basic dress code for lobby and offices:
- No hats, sunglasses or hoods
- No revealing clothing, clothing with inappropriate pictures/words or gang-affiliated attire, including but not limited to caps, jerseys, sportswear or bandanas
- Appropriate undergarments must be worn
Will the Court know how I’m doing under supervision?
Generally, when an individual is maintaining good communication and fulfilling the conditions of release for a sustained period of time, JSDP will make a recommendation to the Court to reduce an individual’s reporting requirements or supervision level – this is referred to as a “Step Down.”
What will I be doing under pretrial supervision?
I need help finding or getting connected to medical or mental health services or treatment for myself or my family.
You should always feel comfortable asking a JSDP Team Member for help. We are trained to help connect you to low or no-cost resources and other supports or help you connect with care coordinators or case managers in the community. For more information about resources for you or your family, you can start at the Community Services and Resources page.