When an accused party is arrested, he or she generally has the option of posting bail in order to be released from detention and return to their daily life while awaiting trial. There are also times a defendant is released on personal recognizance. As a condition of bail and personal recognizance, many defendants are provided with certain rules and regulations they are expected to comply with during the course of their freedom. Although no doubt set for a purpose, many rules and conditions can seem restrictive, but they are always made with the best interests of society in mind.
At Future Bail Bonds, we understand how disruptive a timely arrest can be for family members, friends, and loved ones. Our mission is to provide the San Bernardino area with innovative bail bond services, allowing for fast jail release and timely reunions. Many of our clients have questions and concerns related to the bail conditions that might be set upon their release and in today’s article, we’ll try to answer some of those questions. Read on to learn more!
What Purpose do Bail Conditions Serve?
Upon review of his or her bail conditions, the first question many clients ask is why there are bail conditions set in the first place. We already mentioned that bail conditions are set with protection of the community in mind, but they are also set with the safety of the defendant in mind. Additionally, the nature of many bail conditions require the accused party to remain on the right side of the law so that they are able to attend all meetings and scheduled court hearings.
Who Imposes the Conditions?
Generally speaking, the presiding judge who set the initial bail amount may also be the one to determine what types of conditions the released party will be responsible to uphold. Judges have a lot of freedom when it comes to determining what the conditions should be, and as long as they don’t infringe upon the accused’s constitutional rights, pretty much anything goes. If assistance is requested from a bail bond service company for posting bail, he or she may also have their own set of conditions and expectations of the defendant that become a part of the bail agreement.
What Factors are Considered when Determining Bail Conditions?
The factors that the judge considers when determining what bail conditions are applicable are similar to those that are considered for setting the bail amount. They include, but may not be limited to:
- The nature of the crime(s) the accused is being charged with.
- The defendant’s background, specifically in terms of prior arrests, convictions, drug use, and mental health history.
- Employment history of the defendant and prior contribution to society.
- The accused likelihood of re-offending.
- The potential of the defendant skipping bail and/or fleeing the community.
If you, a friend, family member or loved one has been arrested in the San Bernardino area, we understand you’re likely to have additional questions beyond the three that we’ve addressed here. We’re happy to speak with you and answer any additional questions you might have on bail conditions, the bail process, and our affordable, convenient bail bond services. Be sure to check back for part two of this article that will review some of the most common bail conditions set.
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