My husband has something called a detainer. What is it and will it help if I pay his bail?
If you are on probation or parole and get arrested the judge that originally sentenced you can lodge a detainer against you. The detainer holds you in custody until the open case is disposed of or the judge lifts the detainer. If a detainer has been lodged there is no point in paying the bail because it will not get you released. In fact you will lose time credit for the open case because it will no longer be a holding matter. The best thing to do if you have a detainer is hire a competent philadelphia criminal defense attorney who can schedule a detainer hearing and attempted to get it lifted. Many times if the judge will not lift the detainer he or she will still agree to release the defendant on house arrest pending the disposition of the open case.