Can I Just "Wait It Out" in Jail?

Can I Just "Wait It Out" in Jail?

During your criminal case, a judge may set bail, which is the amount of money you must give to the court to be released from jail while your matter is pending. Because you might not have imagined you'd be charged with a misdemeanor or felony, you may not be in a position financially to pay the entire amount. You might wonder whether you should just "wait it out" until your scheduled court appearances.

Sitting in jail until your court date presents risks and limitations that can hinder your ability to prepare for your case and can put a strain on your personal and professional life.

Below are a few reasons why "waiting it out" in jail may not be your best option:

  • Your liberties are restricted: When you're in jail, your life becomes very regimented. For instance, you can have visitors only for a certain amount time during specific hours, you may be required to share a space with a stranger, you'll lose privacy, you may only be able to go outside for fresh air during specified times. Nearly everything you do is monitored and controlled by the jail staff. The troublesome part of this is you face these limitations even though you are presumed innocent.
  • Your job may be in jeopardy: Although the court has certain timelines to schedule appearances for the accused, you can still miss work because you're sitting in jail. Failure to show up at your job might lead to your dismissal, affecting your finances and your ability to provide for your family.
  • Your mental health may decline: As mentioned earlier, you must follow strict schedules when you're in jail. Because of this, you may not have access to activities you previously enjoyed, and you might not see your loved ones as often as you'd like. That, coupled with the conditions of jails, can be taxing on your mental health. You might start to feel stressed or upset because of your situation.
  • Your ability to effectively work on your case can be affected: Although you'll be allowed to meet with your attorney while locked up, doing so in jail is much harder than when you're at home. Outside of jail, you'll have access to more resources, and you'll be able to retrieve information pertinent to your case more efficiently.

If you or a loved one was arrested and you need to post bail, reach out to Andy Callif Bail Bonds by calling (614) 945-4334 or contacting us online. Since 1960, we've helped numerous people in Columbus and the surrounding areas get out of jail, and we're here to assist you with the bond process.


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