When an individual is charged with a crime, they will be detained and “processed” by the police. In some instances, the individual will be released on his own recognizance, which means there is not money that has to be paid for the bond. In other instances, the judge can decide the amount that the defendant will have to pay for his release. The judge also has the option of holding the defendant on no bond.
In many parts of the country, a defendant can post bond at the police station without having to wait for a formal bond hearing in front of a judge. These bail schedules state a specific bond amount for minor crimes. These crimes may be things such as shoplifting or disturbing the peace. The more serious the crime, the higher the bond amount will be. These amounts are static and non-negotiable. If the defendant does not want to pay the predetermined amount, the alternative is to wait for a bond hearing. Bail schedules will vary based on the locality. Some areas use what’s called a duty judge, who will state the bail in the case over the phone. Once the bond has been determined, call ok.
When a defendant is called at a bond hearing, the judge will hear recommendations for bail from both the prosecution and defense. The prosecution will ask for a bond amount based on the seriousness of the crime. The defense will make their recommendations based on factors such as the defendant’s employment, ties to the community, criminal history, and family dynamics. Imposing a bond is designed to ensure that the defendant will show up to each and every assigned court date until the case is disposed.
Instances with No Bond
There are some cases where there will be no bond. An example is in the case of capital murder. When the defendant is deemed to be a danger to the public, the judge will opt to keep them in custody. Another instance where there will be no bond is if another jurisdiction has a warrant for the defendant. Then, the judge will hold the defendant until the other jurisdiction comes to get them.
If you have further questions about the bonding process, here. Bail Bonding Services in Watauga TX can help you with release once the bond amount has been decided.