The Process of Setting Bail for Your Release
If you have been arrested, you may be wondering how the process of setting bail for your release works. A Sacramento criminal defense attorney will be able to answer your questions and try to minimize your bail.
There are several factors the court will use to determine when setting bail, such as the seriousness of the offense you are charged with and the strength of the prosecution’s case against you. The court may also consider your prior criminal history, especially whether you have a history of honoring release and probation or parole conditions. If you have strong community ties, including family ties, your attorney might use that to argue in favor of lower bail. Additionally, your employment history and financial assets will be taken into account.
The most important factor is usually the seriousness of the offense. The more heinous the crime, the more severe the likely penalties if you are convicted and the more incentive you have to flee or tamper with witnesses.
The judge will be attempting to evaluate the question of whether you can be trusted to return to court, even if you are facing a near-certain criminal conviction, refrain from further criminal activity, and refrain from contacting any witnesses.
Your Sacramento criminal defense attorney may try to argue that your crime is not that serious, that the likelihood of conviction is not as strong as the prosecution is claiming, and that you are a reliable figure with community ties.
If you have further questions about how bail is set, contact experienced Sacramento criminal defense attorney Param Pabla for an initial consultation.