Posted on: 8 June 2016
Being arrested for a crime doesn't meant that you need to stay in jail until your court date. It's possible that you could be released on bail. Unfortunately, it's also possible that a judge could deny you the ability to post bail, meaning you need to stay in jail until your court date. Here are some common reasons why that can happen.
You're Considered A Threat To The Community
Were you arrested for a crime that is violent, or do you have a history of violence? A judge may decide that you are better off in jail than back out on the streets waiting for your day in court. That is because they have a reason to believe that you are a threat to the community and could commit another crime while you are out on bail.
You're Considered A Flight Risk
Even if you do not pose any harm to the community, a judge could see you as a potential flight risk. While this is typically determined based on a history of missing court dates, other factors could play into the decision. For example, you may be a person who seems like they have nothing to lose, so it would be very easy for you to leave town and not come back. Your attitude in court may be considered unwilling or combative, which would not sit well with a judge and cause them to speculate about your actions.
You're Not A Naturalized Citizen
Your judge may think you are likely to skip your court date if you are not a naturalized citizen, even if you are not being accused of a serious crime. This is because being convicted of a crime means that you could potentially be deported and lose the ability to apply for citizenship. Foreign nationals may be held in jail so that proper actions can be taken against them after a conviction.
Your Accused Crime Was Severe
Crimes like treason, espionage, and terrorism are taken very seriously, as well as crimes with a possible death penalty sentence. Since the punishment for these crimes is so big, it will cause you to also be viewed as a flight risk.
You're In Violation of Probation
The reason for parole is to motivate a person not to commit crimes in exchange for early release. Being a repeat offender is bad enough, but violating parole will demonstrate that you cannot be trusted.
Now that you know of some reasons that bail could be denied, you can be prepared for the possibilities. If you seem like a good candidate, you can start looking into where you will get your bail money from, such as a bondsman in your area.
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