Pretrial Services



About the Program

The Pretrial Services Program has been in operation since November 1998. This program is designed with the objective to reduce the pre-adjudication jail population. Release of eligible defendants prior to adjudication helps ease the financial burden to Hall and Dawson taxpayers while insuring the risk to the community is minimized. This is accomplished by Pretrial carefully screening defendants with pending felony charges. Once the defendant meets the criteria for release, he/she will be supervised by Pretrial Services as a condition of the bond.



Assessment to Determine Eligibility

Pretrial Officers conduct assessment interviews with selected defendants to determine if the defendant is suitable to be released from incarceration while awaiting adjudication. This assessment interview may be conducted at Hall/Dawson Detention Center. If all requirements are met and appropriate authorities agree to release the defendant from incarceration, a bond order which cites the conditions of release is prepared and submitted for consideration/signature. The Superior Court Judge to whom the case is assigned then reviews the recommended conditions. He or she may add or remove conditions of the bond or decline to authorize the release of the defendant. The client reads and signs an agreement to the conditions of the bond and is then released from incarceration.



Frequently Asked Questions


How much does Pretrial cost?

There is no supervision fee associated with Pretrial. However, defendants may be expected to pay fees for counseling services, drug screens and/or electronic monitoring.

How do I report a defendant who I believe is violating the bond order?

If there is a life-threatening situation, please dial 911. For all other concerns, please call 770-297-2314 and a Pretrial Officer will assist in directing you to the proper authorities.

Who do I call for Electronic Monitoring/GPS placement?

Please call the Pretrial Office and you will be directed to an approved GPS provider.

I received a letter from the Pretrial Office in the mail. What does this mean?

This means that Pretrial supervision is a condition of your bond/bail order. If the letter includes an appointment date and time, please make arrangements to report as directed. For questions or concerns, please call the Pretrial Office.

My case is out of Dawson County. Why do I have to report in Gainesville?

The Northeastern Judicial Circuit includes both Hall and Dawson Counties. However, the office serving both counties is located at 2318 Browns Bridge Road, SW, Gainesville, GA 30504. We are located across the road from the Gainesville Bowling Center, on the hill behind Advance Auto.


Contact Us



Shelba Merritt
Pretrial Services

Physical Address:
2318 Browns Bridge Rd SW
Gainesville, GA 30504

Mailing Address:
Hall County Pretrial Services
PO Box 1435
Gainesville, GA 30503

Phone:
770-297-2314

*Individuals needing Pretrial Services in Dawson County must contact the Hall County office at the address and phone number listed above.