Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Can someone please explain this to me?

725 ILCS 5/110-13 says that "No attorney practicing law in this State...shall furnish any part of any security for bail in any criminal action or any proceeding nor shall any such person act as surety for any accused admitted to bail."

Huh? Lawyers can't bail people out of jail? I must admit that this is news to me. There must be something that I'm missing here. It doesn't say "for clients" or "for cases on which they are involved" or anything like that.

So, I can't post bail for my neighbor or for a family friend? A lawyer can't bail his kid out after a night of sophomoric hijinks?

I just came across this statue and haven't researched it any further, but if anyone has any insight, I'd love to hear it.

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