It’s Important That A Defendant Understand The Options Open To A Judge

Judges have the final say when it comes to invoking bail. They decide which defendants will be granted bail and who won’t and they also lay out the terms of such bail. But, there was a pretty serious oversight in the federal Bail Reform Act of 1964. Defendants accused of capital crimes – those crimes that may be punishable by death – are almost never allowed to be freed on bail, but what the 1964 act failed to consider was that a defendant who may have committed a violent, yet not capital offense could pose just as much danger to the public. Unfortunately the result was that some of the defendants released on bail went on to violate conditions and cause even more harm. The later Bail Reform Act of 1984 remedied the inadvertency by giving judges the authority to deny bail to any defendant who they may deem to be a danger to others.

In accordance with the more recent reform act, every case involving violence must be considered in a legal court hearing. These “detention hearings” also pertain to cases related to defendants who have a previous record of criminal convictions, who present a real threat of escape or who may try to obstruct justice in any way to prevent being tried for his or her crime. Witness tampering is a good example.

Hearings pertaining to bail are required to be held early in the case against the defendant so that if bail is granted he will be able to make arrangements with a bail bondsman asap.

An experienced bail bondsman will tell you that there are ways to help your cause during any court appearance that you will be required to make. If you can produce witnesses who will attest to your good character and show evidence of your intentions to adhere to the terms of your bail, it will go a long way in convincing the court that you are a responsible citizen who deserves the opportunity to prove your innocence.

The representatives of the BWB Bail Bond agency will consult with you and make the bail process move as smoothly as possible to gain your release. Call them @ 720-358-2908.

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