It is a judge’s job to weigh all the pertinent criminal and economic factors on hand and set a reasonable bail amount at the end of an arraignment. However, a judge may sometimes levy too heavy an amount, and in these cases, it is possible to reduce your bail. In fact, at Kaplan Lawyers PC, we specialize in exactly this practice.
At the end of an arraignment, bail is set so as to ensure that defendants appear at their following court dates. If the defendant misses one of these following dates, the bail amount is sacrificed. Bail will continue to be set between court dates, until the conclusion of the case. Most serious misdemeanor cases and mostly all felony offense cases conclude with a judge setting a bail amount for the defendant. When a defendant reaches the conclusion of their case, the bail amount is returned, though with a certain percentage taken out as surcharge.
Of course, certain outside factors come into play when a judge is making his decision. If a defendant has a prior criminal history, a judge may surmise that they are more likely to offend again. Bail will thus be raised. Bail will also rise in relation to the severity of the crime in question. Nonviolent crimes warrant lower bail costs.
Another thing a judge must consider is whether or not they consider the defendant a flight risk. Someone who is likely to skip town is likely to receive a higher bail amount. This, of course, is according to a judge’s personal estimation, and opinion is subject to bias. While judges will of course try and arrive at a fair figure, it is possible that they will ask for too much. Sometimes, judges will assign a very high bail amount as a prevention method; the judge purposefully sets the bail outside the feasible repayment ability of the defendant in order to keep the defendant behind bars.
At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we will scrutinize the details of your case and, if this has occurred, we’ll help you drive down the cost of your bail in a new, secondary hearing, wherein we, as your defense, will cite a change in personal circumstance as reason for reevaluation.
Because most defendants are unable to post the entirety of their bail, they will seek out bail bondsmen to supplement the fee. This may not be necessary. Retaining legal counsel will prevent you from owing a bail bondsman, who will charge premiums and tack on interest charges to your loan.
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Don’t fall victim to the entanglements of the system. The consultations at Kaplan Lawyers PC are free and easy, and we can help inform you as to the extent of your rights and fight back against extraneous fees. Contact us today.
Attorney Jared S. Kaplan
Attorney Jared S. Kaplan has focused his career on advancing his legal knowledge though the day to day practice of law. Jared is a partner in the law firm of Kaplan Lawyers PC in Syosset, New York and has been a practicing attorney for nearly 20 years. His career started in litigation, so Jared is aware of the pitfalls in litigation and uses that knowledge in the representation of his clients in complex matters. [ Attorney Bio ]