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
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,
hit and run, and
white collar crime. Visit our website to get a complete scope of the legal services we offer.