The court system uses bail to help better ensure you will return to court. You can either pay the bail in cash or pay a bail bonding company to post bail for a non-refundable fee. The legal system calls this a bond.
Generally, the judge will set bail based on various factors that can include the type of allegations, whether the judge believes you are a flight risk, and whether you could pose a threat to the community if released. There are steps you can take to help reduce the bail which will also reduce the bond amount.
#1: Get legal counsel.
The importance of legal counsel in this situation cannot be overstated. Getting an attorney is an investment that can result in more than just a strong defense to the allegations — it can lead to a lower bond payment. This is why it is so important to get legal counsel as quickly as possible. The benefits begin immediately.
Once the court sets bail you can request a reduction. At this hearing you can provide evidence to show the court a lower bail is appropriate.
#2: Gather information.
We noted above that the judge will look at certain factors when setting bond. The three listed are common considerations but other factors also play a role. These can include that you have a job, have no or minimal criminal history, good character, and play an important and beneficial roll in the community and your family.
Evidence that can help to establish these traits can include testimony from witnesses as well as documentation like paycheck stubs and copies of tax filings.
#3: Agree to remain drug free.
Those facing charges connected to drug crimes can also provide evidence and support for these specific allegations, such as an agreement to remain drug free, to help support a request for lower bail.