Bail is a payment made to the court by an individual who has been arrested and charged with a crime. This payment is made as an assurance that the suspect will appear at their trial if he or she is allowed to leave jail for the time between the posting of bail and the court date. While bail payments are sometimes returned if the defendant meets all of their obligations, if a court date is missed, the suspect forfeits their bail payment and may face additional charges for failing to appear.
When a person is dealing with bail issues, experienced legal representation is very important. A good attorney, such as Dallas criminal defense attorney Mark T. Lassiter, can help decide whether or not their client should post bail and even help secure a bail bond if it is necessary.
In the United States, bail is an open option to the court and defendant in most cases. There are some exceptions, though. Bail is not allowed when the suspect is charged with a capital crime that carries a possible death or life-in-prison sentence. Bail may also be denied to defendants who:
- Are charged with a violent crime
- Have been convicted of felonies in the past
- Are charged with drug-related offenses with sentences over 10 years
- Are considered flight risks
- Are considered immediate threats to the community
If a court is considering denying a defendant the opportunity to post bail, the individual’s legal representative may be able to fight for their clients bail eligibility.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, it is likely that issues involving bail payments will come up in the near future, if they have not already. Contact the Dallas criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling (214) 845-7007 to discuss your case today.