Bail is granted by the police or the court when the accused promises to show up in the court for the hearings of his or her case. Therefore, bail lasts until a sentence is made as long as the accused is cooperative and has supporters who can vouch for him. Each case differs in how long the accused can stay out on bail and how much bail he or she supposed to pay. Judges are usually responsible for setting a bail amount.
Most people want to get out of jail quickly and easily. So courts have a system of prioritizing who gets a bail hearing and who does not. Defendants who have strong ties to the community are less likely to run away and are given bail more easily than others. Most courts have assigned amounts for bail depending on the intensity of the crime committed. If a suspect wants to post bail but cannot afford the amount required, he or she can ask the judge to lower it. The judge will review the suspect’s situation and assesses whether he or she is eligible for a lower amount.
Once they’ve paid the full amount or purchased a bond, bailed-out suspects have to comply with all conditions of release, which include regular visits to local police authorities and appearing for court hearings. If these conditions are violated, the judge can revoke the bail and order the suspect to be re-arrested. In such a case, the suspect may not be eligible for future bail.
Bail is usually issued for a time pre-determined by the court and the defendant by a series of negotiations between lawyers representing both. What the defendant deems appropriate bail time might not be so for the court. Special circumstances can affect bail too. If there is medical emergency or death in his or her immediate family, for example, the bail is arranged immediately and might be longer. If the defendant’s own health is beyond the control of the medical assistance provided by the court, then the defendant’s doctor must give a timeline of the treatment and regular updates to the court.
The time frame of the bail also depends on the state the defendant resides in. In most states the time period ranges from 90 to 120 days. This can vary depending on the seriousness of the offence the defendant has committed and his criminal record. The more respectable people vouch for the defendant, the easier it becomes to acquire bail for a longer duration. Bail duration can vary with the accused, the attorney and the judge and needs to be handled with care and precision. Every option should be explored and every paper should be in place before the official bail plea is made.