In the event that you are arrested for a crime, you’ll need to bail yourself out of jail or have somebody else do it for you. Interestingly, though, there are times where you can be denied bail and be forced to remain in incarcerated.
Let’s explore everything that you need to know about them.
1. The Nature of Your Crime Was Particularly Severe
It should come as no surprise that those who have committed particularly severe crimes won’t have an easy time getting bailed out of jail. Although this is dependent on the circumstances of your scenario, it typically involves crimes of a violent or sexual nature.
Similarly, federal crimes could also fall into this category and affect your ability to get out of jail before your sentencing.
2. You Are a Repeat Offender
Someone without a previous criminal conviction likely will not have issues being granted bail. The same can be said for someone who was convicted of a different crime in the past.
But, someone who has been consistently arrested for the same type of actions may be forced to remain incarcerated. Depending on the discretion of the judge overseeing your case, though, numerous past convictions for unrelated crimes could be a deciding factor.
3. You Are Considered a Threat to the Public
Interestingly, you can also be held without bail if you are deemed to be a threat to the general public.
For example, someone who had previously displayed manic, violent behavior could be held without bail even if they have no previous convictions. Someone who is believed to have the intent to harm or kill another person, for example, would not be granted bail. This would protect that individual or group of individuals at risk.
4. You Are Deemed to Be a Flight Risk
If law enforcement anticipates that you will attempt to flee the country after you’re bailed out of jail, you won’t be granted this privilege. But, this doesn’t apply only to those who are not US citizens.
If it’s known that you have a valid passport, property in another country, etc., this could impact your ability to leave incarceration. However, the scenario typically only occurs if you are facing a harsh or lengthy sentence.
If you’re being held for a misdemeanor, there’s very little chance that you would be considered a flight risk under the circumstances. Again, though, it will depend on the discretion of the judge.
Being Denied Bail Can Be Stressful
But the above information will make the process far smoother. From here, you’ll be able to ensure that you know exactly how to handle the situation if you find that you were denied bail after your arrest.
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