Understanding a Bail Hearing

Bail exists to make certain that you are present at your hearings. A bail hearing is your first court appearance after an arrest where a judge and prosecutor will manage the case against you. You always have the right to an attorney of your own who will make recommendations for your bail amount. The judge will then determine how much bail should be set.

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Determining Bail and Release Conditions

When determining the bail amount, a judge considers many factors. For lesser crimes, your bail may be as small as a written promise to appear in court on the assigned date with cash bail, should you violate your release conditions. If you can’t post a bail bond, your attorney can bring a motion to attempted an amount reduction. The nature of the crime, however, may give the judge reason to examine the bail amount more closely.

Any outstanding warrants for other crimes will also affect your bail hearing results. Your release may also be postponed, or you may be detained until the warrant can be addressed. If your warrant was issued in another jurisdiction, you may have to wait until that jurisdiction has a chance to respond.

Family ties can sometimes be helpful in getting released. If the judge knows where you will be staying, and whether you have ties to family and the community that mean you are unlikely to flee, you may be more likely to have reasonable bail and release conditions. The courts must have reason to believe you will stay with good people, and out of trouble.

If you are facing a bail hearing for the first time, stay calm. Call us at (303) 573-1114 today to understand a bail hearing and bail bonds.