When someone is arrested they are placed in jail and they must attend a court hearing.
During this procedure the judge will determine how much bail the defendant must pay before being released while awaiting the trial.
A judge may determine that the defendant can be released upon his or her own recognizance, without paying bail.
This is based upon the belief that the defendant will definitely show up for trial.
In other situations, the judge may determine that bail must be set, and determine additional conditions to manage the terms of the defendant’s release. Some of these conditions may include where the defendant may travel and with whom the defendant may or may not be in contact.
The judge will set a bail amount and the defendant must find someone to post bail through a bondsman. Additionally, the judge may determine that even if the defendant was to receive bail, he or she may not show up for trial. If the judge feels that it is too risky to release the defendant, bail will be denied.
If you have been arrested and are facing criminal charges, you should contact a criminal defense attorney immediately. A qualified criminal defense attorney can assist you through the bail proceedings and may even be able to have your bond lowered or reduced.
It can be very scary to find yourself arrested, especially if you’ve never been in jail before and don’t understand the charges against you. Making bail is a very important part of your court proceedings and can determine whether or not you spend time in jail while awaiting trial.