After an arrest, a defendant has a right to bail. The courts use bail to ensure a defendant attends every hearing and doesn’t leave the state or country after being released from jail.
At a bail hearing, the defendant has an opportunity to convince the judge to be released on his/her own recognizance or to lower the bail amount. However, depending on the circumstances of the alleged crime, a judge has the power to deny bail entirely.
The following are some of the common reasons why a judge will deny bail:
- Severity of crime – If a person has been accused of a violent or sexually-charged felony offense, such as murder, armed robbery, rape, or child sexual assault, a judge could rule that the seriousness of the alleged crime is extremely high and it would not be a good idea to have you safely return to the general public.
- A threat to public safety – Bail is often given to individuals who aren’t perceived as a threat to public safety. However, if a person has been charged with a violent crime, he/she would be considered such a threat.
- Repeat offender – If a person has been convicted of multiple crimes, he/she will have trouble trying to obtain bail. The main reason why is the fact an individual is a repeat offender means that he/she hasn’t learned from their past actions or mistakes. Any judge will be skeptical about a repeat offender’s bail request since he/she has proven to be constantly unreliable.
- Flight risk – When a person is granted bail, he/she—in turn—agrees to stay in the area and appear in all court hearings. But if a judge believes a defendant will use bail as an attempt to flee the country, they can deny such bail—especially if there is a record of the defendant previously attempting to flee in previous cases.
- Likelihood of missing court dates – Individuals who do not take the charges against them seriously typically miss their court dates. Not only does missing a court date make a person look bad, but it also shows that they are not responsible. Since receiving bail is a privilege, a judge might not grant bail to someone who won’t show any effort to protect their rights and best interests.
If you or a loved one has been arrested in Connecticut, The Sills Law Firm can help you gain a better understanding of how bail bonds work. With more than 20+ years of combined legal experience, we know what it takes to help our clients obtain the best possible outcome in their criminal cases.
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