Bail Schedules


Bail Schedules If you have been arrested, your first court appearance may be a hearing to determine your bail. This is the amount that you need to pay to avoid staying in jail throughout the duration of your case. Bail represents a commitment to show up in court when required. Certain guidelines may apply to setting the amount of bail, but judges ultimately have discretion to deviate from those guidelines by either increasing or reducing the amount. In some cases, a judge may grant a defendant release on their own recognizance, which means that they do not need to pay any bail at all. (Read more about getting released on your own recognizance.) In other cases, a judge may not grant bail if they believe that the defendant is a flight risk or a danger to the community, or if the defendant has a warrant in another jurisdiction.

You can post bail directly, or you can cover it by purchasing a bond from a bail bond company. Often, family members handle this process for a defendant. An attorney can represent you at a bail hearing, but they generally will not help a defendant pay bail.

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