If you are currently dealing with a loved one’s arrest, you may be wondering how his or her bail was determined, or why it is so expensive. Well do not worry, most people do not have a good understanding of bail. We are here to answer those questions and solve the mystery that is bail.
How is bail determined?
What most people do not realize, is that there is actually a method to choosing someone’s bail amount. Every county has a bail schedule, something that lists out every crime and how much the bail should be for each crime. The judge uses this bail schedule as a starting point, he or she can then adjust the bail amount based on a few different factors. The judge will look at the defendant’s criminal history, standing within the community, and the likelihood of the defendant running. Each one of these factors can raise and lower the cost of the bail in its own way. This means that someone who has never committed a crime can get a lower bail than someone who has a criminal record even though they are accused of the same crime.
Why is bail expensive?
Bail is set at such a high price, because it is meant to convince you to go to all of your court dates. When you pay for the bail yourself, if you go to all of your court dates, you will get all of the money you paid for bail back, minus any court fees. This is why bail costs several thousands of dollars.