The right to a reasonable bail not only benefits the defendant but is also a useful expedient for the justice system. Most suspects of a criminal offense are eligible candidates for release from custody pending their trial date. There are certain stipulations that apply for any specific case, but bail arrangements are usually made with the help of a bail bondsman.
Without the possibility of bail, suspects arrested under the accusation of committing a crime would have to remain in custody until an appointed court date. If this was the reality our jails would not be able to hold them all. The expense of housing even a fraction of those held under arrest is costly. Some have suggested that instead of using a bonding agency, a defendant should pay money directly to the local jurisdiction to defer some of these costs. Studies have shown however, that there would be significant drawbacks to such an arrangement.
When bail is secured through traditional channels the bondsman is held responsible for the defendant returning to court for appointed dates, and seeing to it that that defendant conforms to all the bail conditions laid out by the judge. Without this provision there would be less control over the whereabouts and conduct of the defendant while he is free on bail.
Another good argument for keeping the current bail system in place is that when a friend or relative assumes the responsibility of contacting a bail bondsman and taking the necessary steps to gain a defendant’s release, he or she is putting themselves at considerable personal risk. If there is an agreement to be the co-signer for the bail, there is even more accountability. When a defendant has a close relationship with the person who is coming to his rescue he will be more likely to adhere to the stipulations of his release, in order to avoid putting his friend in jeopardy.
The most important thing for all parties to consider when it comes to the issue of bail is the safety of the community at large. A reputable bonding agency like BWB Bail Bonds of Denver, with extended services throughout Colorado, takes every precaution before agreeing to post bail for any client. Call them 24/7 @ 303-835-9421.