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What is Bail and What is it For?

Bail is an amount of money a court holds in exchange for the release of an arrested person. When someone is arrested, the person’s family or friends can come up with the money so that their loved one will be released until their court date.

Why is bail necessary?

Courts want to make sure that defendants show up for trial. By placing a large sum of money as ransom of sorts, the judge can ensure he/she will show up to court so that the bail can be recovered, or given back to the defendant.

When can a person be ‘bailed out’?

For less serious crimes, an arrested person can be released by paying bail almost immediately (after initial paperwork is filed). For more serious crimes, it might take up to 48 hours for a judge to decide if the arrested person can place bail at all.

How much is bail?

Usually, there is a standard base amount used for crimes in each jurisdiction–it ranges from thousands to millions of dollars depending on the individual crime. Also, the amount could be increased due to the arrested person’s criminal history, their apparent threat to the community, or the likelihood the arrested would flee the country.

Criminal Defense Attorney

Although bail is a temporary release from jail, it will not keep you from penalty indefinitely. Unless you are proven not guilty, you might have to return to jail, especially if you have an inexperienced criminal defense attorney. For this reason, it is very important to hire an attorney with experience in your jurisdiction.

If you or someone you know is arrested and charged with a crime, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. At Carroll Troberman, PLLC, our attorneys have a vast amount of knowledge surrounding various areas of criminal law like DUI/DWI, assault, drug possession, hit and run, and white collar crime. Visit our website to get a complete scope of the legal services we offer.