How a Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help Reduce Bail
3 years ago by Brian
Even though the law prohibits excessive bail, many people face bail that is too high for their situation. Always discuss this matter with a Woodbury criminal defense attorney who can work to reduce your bail.
When a person is arrested on a criminal charge, he or she will usually go before a judge for bail review. In some cases where the arrestee is not a flight risk and/or does not pose a danger to the community, the bail review judge will release the arrestee on his or her own personal recognizance. At other times, however, the judge will set a cash bail in the case. The purpose of setting a cash bail is to guarantee the arrestee’s presence at his or her future court dates.
During a criminal bail review hearing, an arrestee is entitled to have legal counsel present. Your attorney could argue on your behalf for your own personal recognizance – or for lower cash bail – depending upon the circumstances.
If you are arrested on a criminal charge in the State of Minnesota, the Woodbury criminal defense lawyers at JS Defense, PA., can represent you at your bail review hearing and at all subsequent criminal court proceedings. Please call us today to find out more about how we can represent you at a bail review hearing and defend you against your pending criminal charge at trial.
Arguments for Reducing Your Bail
At a bail review hearing, your attorney might be able to argue that given the surrounding circumstances, you are eligible for a reduced bail – or for no bail at all. Specifically, your lawyer might be able to advance one or more of the following arguments in support of a reduced bail:
- That you have ties to the community (such as children or employment), and you are not a flight risk
- That you do not have any other criminal cases pending
- That you are not currently on probation or parole
- That you do not have a lengthy history of criminal arrests or convictions
- That you have a serious medical condition that prevents you from being incarcerated while you are pending trial
- That you do not pose a danger to others or to the community-at-large
What Happens if a Bail is Set?
If a cash bail is set in your criminal case, you have a couple of options. First, you could pay the bail yourself or have someone else pay it on your behalf. Alternatively, you could go through a bail bondsman and pay his or her fee, which usually ranges from one to ten percent of the total bail amount. The bondsman will then post bail on your behalf.
Contact an Experienced Woodbury Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
Having an attorney present with you at your bail review and advocating on your behalf can lessen the potential consequences in your case. The skilled team of attorneys at JS Defense, PA., could represent you at both your bail review hearing and at the trial of your case. For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with an experienced Woodbury criminal defense attorney, please call us today at (651) 968-9652 or contact us online for more information about how we can assist.