4 Factors Judges Consider When Deciding Bail

4 Factors Judges Consider When Deciding Bail

If you or your loved one has been arrested for a crime, you need to understand how the amount of the bad is determined. Additionally, the judge considers various factors when setting bail bonds.

The most common factors judges take into account when deciding bail include:

  1. The seriousness of the charge(s) - Whether a criminal offense is a misdemeanor or felony, violent or non-violent, or sexual or not sexual in nature, the type of crime committed determines the bail amount. In most cases, felony violent and sex crimes often result in the judge denying bail.
  2. The defendant’s criminal history - First-time offenders of misdemeanors and non-violent or sexual felonies are typically granted bail. However, if a defendant has been accused of an ongoing or previous case or is currently on parole, the judge will deny bail.
  3. The defendant is a flight risk - If a defendant is likely to leave the country to avoid the criminal consequences of their actions or has intentionally missed a court hearing for a previous case, the judge will consider them a flight risk and deny bail.
  4. The defendant will likely interfere with witnesses - In order to avoid getting convicted, many defendants have attempted to bribe the prosecution’s witnesses to avoid providing negative testimony in court or even threaten witnesses with physical harm. If a judge believes a defendant will likely contact witnesses, they will be denied bail.

For more information about bail bonds in Columbus, OH, contact Andy Callif Bail Bonds today at (614) 945-4334.

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