Oscar Pistorius sprung to fame after becoming the first double amputee sprinter to compete in the able-bodied Olympics during the 2012 Olympic games. Shortly after, he also became known as a convicted murderer after the tragic death of his girlfriend in their home on Valentine’s Day in 2013. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide in 2014, and after serving 1 year of his sentence, his conviction was appealed and he was later convicted of murder. Pistorius agreed to await the remaining phases of trial on house arrest and was thus considered a low flight risk, so his bail was set at $688.
The process of setting bail runs a different course in every country, but in both South Africa and the U.S., the bail amount is set by a judge. A judge will consider many factors surrounding the charges to determine the appropriate amount for bail, or whether it will be allowed at all in extreme cases. The defendant’s past history with the law, the nature of the crimes, who the crimes were committed against and where, the risk that the defendant will flee, and most importantly, if the defendant will be a threat to the safety of the community if released are all taken into account when setting bail.
Needing bail fast can send you running to the nearest bond agent, but working with the right agent will save you time, money, and frustration down the road. Call our team at (303) 573-1114 for fast bail today!