How Is A Bond Amount Determined?

Many people know what a bail bondsman is. They know if you are arrested and eligible for bond, you should call a bondsman as soon as possible. The bondsman meets you at the jail and steps you through the process of paying bail and getting out of jail. What you, and others, may not know is how the judge determines the bond amount. Here are some of the factors the judge uses to help them set the bond amount for each case. 

Criminal History

The first factor a judge will take into account is how many charges you have had against you in the past. You may have a traffic ticket or DUI. However, there are some cases where you may have multiple offenses ranging from minor tickets to felony arrests. The judge will review your criminal history and decide if the current arrest is a repeat offense, how many times it has been repeated, or if it is an offense that has escalated from your previous offenses. All of these factors will help the judge decide how to proceed with the bond amount. 

Level of Danger

If the crime is a dangerous or violent offense, the judge may consider the level of danger you are to the public. For example, your arrest may be due to a domestic violence charge. The judge may consider if the incident showed any type of escalation that could affect the public. If the judge decides you are a danger to one or more people if you are let out on bond, they may determine you will not have a bond or they may set a higher bond amount. 

Increased Criminal Charges

Judges may consider the likelihood you would commit further crimes when you are released. In cases of severe violent acts, the judge may consider that more violence is possible when you are released from jail. The judge may determine that your current charge, such as a DUI, could be repeated or you may drink upon release and cause a fatal drunk driving incident. These are all factors the judge has to consider. If they feel you may be likely to repeat the same offense or to continue down the same path, then the bond may be increased greatly or completely denied. 

The important thing for you to remember, if you need a bail bond, is that a judge will determine your bond amount. The arresting officers and the jail can not set the amount. You must see a judge or have a judge approve the specific bond amount related to your case. Once you have that amount, you or someone you trust can pay the bond to the bondsman. The bondsman will explain the bail bonds process to you. Remember, most bail bondsmen are open 24/7 to help anyone in need of their services. 

For more information on bail bonds, contact a professional near you.