Bail is allowed in virtually all cases, including felonies. Its sole purpose is to guarantee that the defendant will appear in court for later proceedings. In setting the amount, the judge is required to consider the seriousness of the offense charged, the defendant’s ability to raise money to pay bail, the defendant’s ties to the community, his prior criminal record if any, and your safety and the safety of your family. Bail may not be set so high as to punish a defendant by keeping him or her in jail pending trial.
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