Received a Notice to Appear (NTA) in San Diego Federal Court? What to expect at the first hearing.

The Southern District of California Federal Court made a number of changes to the way we handle criminal cases, particularly the transportation of narcotics or aliens across the border type of cases. Before the pandemic, an individual would be arrested and booked into jail. Soon after, he/she would come before the judge for the initial appearance and bail hearing.

Due to the COVID-19 concerns, some individuals are now receiving a Notice to Appear in lieu of an arrest and booking. The notice states the time and place where the person needs to appear. Usually, it is in Courtroom 2A at the federal courthouse at 221 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101. The judge will then handle the bond hearing and determine under which conditions you may remain out of custody while the case is pending.

It is important to come well prepared for your initial appearance and have an attorney on your side. Your attorney will argue for your continued release from custody or a low bond. Please review the detention hearing video here:

Anton Vialtsin, Esq.
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