Factors that Play a Role in Bail


The process of getting charged with a crime can be stressful; however, nothing is harder than getting arrested. The process of getting booked, having a mugshot taken, and sitting in an uncomfortable holding cell can be incredibly difficult to bear.


The good news is that the vast majority of people will get the chance to post bail and be released. What are some of the factors that will play a role? Those who work with bail bonds Harrisburg PA can get released faster.

The Degree of the Charges Against the Defendant

The most important factor that will play a role in the size of the bond is the charge (or charges) against the defendant. The worse the charges, the greater the bail. For example, some defendants who are charged with low-level misdemeanors might not have to pay anything at all. On the other hand, those who are charged with capital crimes, such as murder, might not receive bail. In general, most defendants will have to pay something. This could range from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars.

The Prior Record of the Defendant

Another important factor will be the prior record of the defendant. Defendants who have a clean record will be rewarded with a smaller bond than those with long histories of criminal activity. The thinking is that a defendant with a clean record is more likely to be innocent. In addition, those with a clean record are less likely to flee. Therefore, the judge will always look at the defendant's record when determining bail.

Post Bail Quickly

Nobody should have to sit in jail longer than they must. By posting bail with the help of a professional bondsman, defendants will get released quickly. Then, they can prepare a strong defense in the comfort of their own home.

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