Which Charges are Not Associated with Bail?

Which Charges are Not Associated with Bail?

If you are accused of a criminal offense in Ohio, you have a right to bail. However, there are several exceptions.

Even though you are innocent until proven guilty, the state—and even federal—courts want to ensure people show up to their court hearing by setting a certain amount for bail. Yet, if a judge believes you pose a danger to the public, you could be denied bail altogether.

The Bail Reform Act of 1984 states that bail can only be denied if the defendant is dangerous. Protective detentions are only allowed for specific crimes, often violent and extremely serious in nature.

The following are common crimes that do not allow the defendant to post bail:

  • Murder and aggravated murder
  • Rape
  • Kidnapping
  • Arson

The prosecution must provide the judge with strong evidence of your guilt and a “substantial likelihood” that you would cause “significant bodily harm” to someone lease if released from custody.

Besides those exceptions, the vast majority of criminal cases come with bail. Yet, a judge can set an extremely high bail amount if there is evidence that you are a flight risk, you failed to show up to court in past cases, or you have an extensive criminal history.

If you or a loved one need to post bail in Columbus, OH, contact Andy Callif Bail Bonds today at (614) 945-4334 to understand all your available bail options.

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