For most of the kinds of arrests that will land a person in jail based on the level of the charge involved, bail will be offered by the judge in the case. However, there are certain extreme or severe case types that will not qualify for bail in some cases – how is this defined?
At Beehive Bail Bonds, we’re here to not only provide 24/7 bail bonds to a variety of clients, but also to assist with important questions like this one. While most charges our clients are exposed to will allow for bail in varying amounts, which kinds will bail not be offered for? This two-part blog will go over a number of important factors here, including situations where the judge may not be able to deny bail, but will set it very high as a similar deterrent to release.
First and foremost, as we noted above, it’s important to note that the vast majority of people who are charged with a crime that results in incarceration will have bail made available to them. There are relatively strict rules placed on judges who decide bail amounts and related factors, stating that they can only completely deny bail in an unusual or severe case – bail is a central part of the justice system, and it’s considered a must unless there are extenuating circumstances.
Much of the above comes down to the Bail Reform Act of 1984, a seminal piece of legislation that continues to define this area today. This is the act that states bail can only be denied based on a danger posed by the individual arrested for the crime, such as for a violent crime like aggravated murder, rape or kidnapping.
Now, judges do have some tools at their disposal for cases that may not qualify as extreme or dangerous for denial of bail, but are still severe and should be considered as such. In these cases, such as if the person arrested has a lengthy criminal history that raises the likelihood of a flight risk, the judge may choose to set the bail amount incredibly high – so high that even with quality bail bond services like ours, it still represents a major expense to the individual arrested that they may not be able to meet.
The same theme may go for those who have not shown up for court dates in the past, or anyone else for whom the judge has a reasonable expectation of a flight risk. However, these cases generally do not allow the judge to deny bail altogether.
For more on charges that may not allow for bail, or to learn about any of our bail bond agents or other services, speak to the staff at Beehive Bail Bonds today.