What the Judge Looks for When Determining Your Bay County Bond
When you are arrested, the court will set bail to give you the opportunity to be released and return home but you will still need to show up at your court dates in the future. Depending on the type and severity of the reason you were arrested, your bail can be set considerably high. Fortunately, in some instances, it may be possible to get your bail reduced so it’s more affordable.
These are a few of the factors that the judge will consider when determining whether or not your bail should be reduced:
How serious was the crime?
Bail for offenses classified as felonies can be set five to ten times the bail amount required for misdemeanors. The more serious and possibly dangerous the crime, the higher the amount of bail is likely to be.
Do you have a criminal record?
If this is your first offense or you have a little or no history of criminal behavior, the judge will look more favorably on you. An extensive criminal history will more than likely not help your situation.
You have strong ties to the community.
If you’ve lived at your current residence for a long time, have a steady job, and have close family nearby, the judge may feel you’re less of a flight risk. Having a strong tie to your community means you are more likely to show up at court.
Have you skipped out on bail before?
If the judge sees citations for missed court appearances, they most likely won’t give you the opportunity to do it again. Even more so if the bail is originally set at a high amount.
Just because a judge sets your bail at $10,000, it doesn’t mean that’s how much you’ll have to pay. Freedom is a phone call away at (850) 872-0911! Trust the professionals and contact A-1 Bonding today! We are a 24/7 Bail Bondsman. A-1 Anytime Bonding services an 11 county area in northwest Florida including Bay, Gulf, Franklin, Calhoun, Washington, Jackson and Holmes Counties.