What Is Bail?
After a defendant has been charged with a crime and taken into custody, the court will set a bail amount. Bail is money or property that is posted with the court in order to be released from jail before trial. This money ensures that the defendant will show up for mandatory court appointments. If the defendant fails to appear, the bail can be forfeited.
What Is a Bail Hearing?
In the United States, a defendant cannot be held indefinitely without bail being set or a hearing is conducted. At a bail hearing, the judge will determine whether or not to allow bail and, if so, how much the bail will be set at. In general, defendants are given a bond hearing within 24 hours. Under certain circumstances, however, you may have to wait up to 72 hours for a bond hearing. If you have not been granted a bond hearing within 72 hours, you should seek an experienced defense attorney who can help you preserve your rights.
What If the Judge Denies Bail?
In most cases, the judge will set a bail that is reasonable for the alleged crime. However, there are some instances where a judge may deny bail, including:
- If the crime is punishable by death or a life sentence
- If the defendant poses a grave danger to the alleged victim or public
- If the defendant is a flight risk
- If the defendant has previously violated bail
If the judge refuses to set bail, you must stay in jail while awaiting trial. Often, this can be a long period of time and can deter you from being able to support your family and spend time with your loved ones. As such, it is important that you hire a skilled attorney who can speak to the judge on your behalf and convince him to grant bail.
Contact Wallin & Klarich Today
If you or your loved one has been charged with a crime and taken into custody, you need an attorney as soon as possible to guide you through the legal process. With 40+ years of experience, Wallin & Klarich is your best choice among Southern California criminal defense firms. Our attorneys have helped thousands of clients lower their bail amounts or get released on their own recognizance. We understand that bail can be tricky, but we will do everything in our power to help you achieve the best possible results so that you never need to worry.
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