If someone you love is facing federal criminal charges, it can be scary. Navigating the criminal justice system, wondering whether you can trust what prosecutors and investigators tell you, and worrying about the future can all be overwhelming. You may also want to understand what can happen if your loved one is convicted and serves time in federal prison. Can you visit? What can you expect to find when you're there? Fortunately, we can offer some guidance on what to expect when you visit a federal prison and the steps you'll need to take to prepare.
Find Your Inmate
First, you'll need to locate your inmate to ensure they're still at the same facility. Prisoners are often moved for treatment or other reasons. You can look up your loved one through the Federal Bureau of Prisons website. You'll just need their “inmate register number” to do so.
Get Preapproved to Visit
When an inmate arrives at a new facility, they'll receive a visitor information form. They'll fill out their portion and then mail their form to each potential visitor. When you receive the form, you'll complete your portion of the form and send it back. The BOP may ask for more information or contact other law enforcement agencies. The prison will let your inmate know when they approve visitors, including immediate family, relatives, sponsors, parole advisors, and attorneys.
The BOP has a list of requirements for visitors, including:
- Dress code,
- Behavior guidelines,
- Physical contact guidelines, and
- Visitor hours and durations.
Hire an Experienced California Federal Criminal Defense Attorney
If you or a loved one is facing federal criminal charges, remember that a conviction isn't always certain. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty, and an experienced criminal attorney can help. A criminal attorney with experience dealing with the federal court and federal prosecutors can protect your rights and give you options for the best possible outcome in your case. At the Sigal Law Group, we focus on federal criminal law, and we can help you too. Call us at 818-325-0570 to schedule your free consultation.