Bail Is Determined At Arraignment

We all understand that a defendant who has been arrested and charged with a crime is entitled to his day in court.  As a matter of fact, there are several times that he may be asked to appear before a judge before his trial actually gets under way.

The arraignment hearing may be the first of many.  This is the time when the judge reads the formal charges that are being brought against the defendant.  This reading involves a lot of legal terms and technicalities and can take some time to get through.  For this reason the formality is often waived in favor of the judge simply explaining the charges to the defendant in laymen’s language.

Once the charges have been spelled out in court the judge will ask the defendant and his attorney to respond.  The defendant can either plead guilty to the charges or he can maintain his innocence.  His third choice is to declare “no contest,” which means that he is asserting his right to silence.

When a defendant pleads guilty it is then up to the judge to decide if bail should be granted and if so what amount of money will need to be posted.  The judge does have a general guideline to follow which is set up in accordance with the seriousness of the crime involved, but he can choose to ignore the recommendations if he ses fit.  The judge has the final word in the matter.

If the charges against him are serious enough to demand a secured bond most defendants will need assistance from a bail bond agency.  The agency will put up the required funds in return for a nominal fee of 10-15% of the amount of the bail.  A secured bond will most often mean putting up some form of property as insurance that the defendant will return to court on the specified dates.

You can count on BWB Bail Bonds to be there for you in your time of need.  Our agents are available 24/7 throughout the state of Colorado.  Call us @ 720-358-2901.

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