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Factors That Determine Bail Amounts

There are many factors that help determine the amount of bail a defendant may have to pay. With the ease of the internet, you can find sources that will give you multiple factors that go into setting bail amounts. Let’s explore some of the main factors that are used in this process. Nature or Severity…

How to Prepare for a Court Hearing

You’ve been let out on bail, free to live your life, take care of things at home, and prepare a good case for your court hearing. Depending on the situation you’re in, it may be difficult to even think about court, much less what happens afterwards, but it is important to face reality and plan for the days ahead no matter the outcome to reduce stress on yourself, your family, and your loved ones. Taking responsibility to be prepared and ready for your hearing will show that you are trying your best to do the best you can, and that is incredibly crucial for your loved ones to know.

Bail Bond Scams: How to Avoid Them

If you or a loved one have been arrested for a crime and find yourself in jail, having the option to be released on bail is a great opportunity. Once the defendant is out on bail, they are able to speak with their lawyer freely and work on their defense. However, not everyone can afford to post bail. Some individuals choose to stay in jail while waiting for their trial, while others end up hiring a bail bondsman.

What To Do If Your Spouse Is Arrested With Drugs

Being arrested with drugs is a serious offense and can also be scary for his or her spouse who is left to deal with it on the outside. What should you do if your spouse is arrested for drugs?

Most Common Types of Crimes in the U.S.

Last year, a meme went viral that suggested people type “Florida Man” into their browser along with their birth date to see what crazy story popped up. There were gems like “Florida Man Threatens to Kill Man With ‘Kindness,’ Uses Machete Named ‘Kindness’”, “Florida Man Who Allegedly Threatened Family with Coldplay Lyrics Ends Standoff After SWAT Promises Him Pizza”, and though not a crime, “Florida Man Rescues Grandma Floating Away on Ice Throne”.

Is More Affordable Bail the Answer? (Hint: It’s Not.)

All over the country, legislators have been looking at and implementing bail reform aimed at keeping non-violent criminals out of jail if they cannot afford bail.  In NH, new bail guidelines that lower bail amounts to make them more affordable have resulted in a rash of criminals being released on their own recognizance only to commit more crimes once they’re back on the street.  Under the new rules, bail commissioners, or, as in other states, risk assessment tools, set bail and the criminals are arraigned at a later date. The goal is to not jail people simply because they can’t afford cash bail. 

What Not To Do In Court

If you’re appearing in court, you want things to go your way.  The judge and jury (if it’s a jury trial) will scrutinize everything you do and everything you say so it’s important to be alert, respectful, and mindful of your words and actions.  Once you know what NOT to do, you’ll be closer to a positive outcome of your trial.

What is Home Confinement?

Home Confinement, also known as House Arrest, Home Detention, or Electronic Monitoring is when a person is convicted of a crime or waiting for their trial, and instead of being sent to jail, is remanded to their own home where they must stay 24/7 for the length of the sentence or until the trial date.    

What You Should Know About DUI Checkpoint

It’s a long holiday weekend and you’ve heard the state police are conducting checkpoints in various places in the next few days.  They conduct these checkpoints with good reason. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost 29 people die in alcohol impaired-related vehicle crashes in the U.S. every day.

Is Bail Fair?

The 8th Amendment to the Constitution protects a person’s right to a fair bail.  Bail cannot be used as a way to make money for the State, nor is it meant to be punitive.  The purpose of bail is solely to ensure that a defendant appears at all of his or her court hearings. When…