Return to Glossary

Detainer Definition

A detainer is a hold, usually based on a court order, for law enforcement to hold a person against their will. For example, suppose a person is in jail awaiting trial on a felony or misdemeanor.

If a court in another jurisdiction wants that person as soon as they are available, that court initiates a detainer preventing the person’s release from jail. When the inmate can be released, the requesting court would be notified so law enforcement officers can get them.

Call us today at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation or complete an online Request for Assistance Form. We will contact you promptly and find a way to help you.

We will find a way to help you and, most importantly,
we are not afraid to win!

Contact Us - Michigan Criminal Defense Attorneys