An arraignment will most likely be your first interaction with the court system. It is your first appearance before a judge to address the charges, find probable cause, and to set, review, or deny bail. You might be either in custody by the state or already bonded out for an arraignment. If the judge sets bail, you will then have the opportunity to post bail. Usually this is done by cash or through a bail bond agent. Posting the bond through a licensed surety bail bond agent will only cost you a percentage of the total bond.
Judges make the decisions for bail based on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to the following:
- Defendant’s ties to the local community.
- Seriousness of the criminal charges.
- The nature and circumstances of the offense.
- The defendant’s record of previous convictions and prior criminal history.
- Defendant’s past record of appearance in court after being admitted to bail.
- The defendant’s family ties.
- The defendant’s employment record.
- Defendant’s financial resources.
- The defendant’s character and mental condition.
- The defendant’s community ties.
To present your reasons for having bail posted in your situation, contacting a lawyer is in your best interest. You can contact our office for more information.