Judge Lewis Holds 72 Hour HearingsRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Dec 26 2012 9:43 AM
HOUSTON COUNTY: Houston County District Court Judge Benjamin Lewis held the 72 hour hearings this past Sunday at the Houston County Jail. With the Christmas holidays Judge Lewis had to go to the jail for the 72 hour hearings.
A person arrested and has not made bonds must appear before a Judge within 72 hours of arrest.
This morning at 8:30 AM Judge Lewis held first appearances from the second floor courtroom via closed circuit TV. Judge Lewis has seen about 10 persons in custody for at least 72 hours. Most of the persons seen are for Violation of Probation offenses where the person have no bonds. The violations are based on technical violations such as not reporting to the probation officer, not paying supervision fees or not paying court ordered monies. Some of the Violation of Probation charges are because the defendant was arrested on new charges.
One person is in jail for Criminal Non Support, two counts of NWNI ( Negotiating Wothless Negotiable Instruments ), and failure to appear for Show Cause hearings when they were ordered to appear to answer why they had not paid their court ordered fees.
Of the persons seen all but about 2 are no bonds and will remain in custody. Some will remain until a court date in February 2013.