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Bail Bond Process Adams County Colorado
The cost of bail bonds can vary widely. Sometimes, judges deny defendants bail altogether. If your loved one’s bail has not been set yet, you may be curious about what a judge will decide.
1. The Local Bail Schedule
Usually, jails adhere to a bail “schedule.” This schedule sets standards for how much a defendant’s bail should cost based on the crime they have committed. Bail schedules will vary depending on the laws in the area.
2. The Nature of the Crime
Defendants who commit violent crimes are less likely to make bail than those who commit non-violent crimes. A judge will also set higher bails for higher levels of violence. For instance, if they make bail, a defendant who committed assault will most likely have a higher bail than a defendant that committed theft. However, a defendant that attempted murder would have a much higher bail than they defendant who committed assault, although they would also be much less likely to make bail in the first place.
3. The Defendant’s Criminal History
When setting bail, judges also consider if the defendant is a repeat offender. The more crimes a defendant has committed, the higher the judge will set their bail. A judge will also consider the nature of these past crimes. If they are violent, the judge will be more likely to deny bail or set a higher bail.
4. Evidence Against the Defendant
When a judge knows that there is a large amount of evidence against the defendant, they know a conviction is likely. This makes a judge less to allow the defendant to go free until their trial. Thus, a judge will be more likely to deny the defendant bail or set a higher bail.
5. The Defendant’s Local Connections
Judges favor defendants who have local ties, such as a family, a job, or a home. These are all good reasons for a defendant to stay in the area until their trial and not skip town. A judge will be more likely to give these types of defendants a lower bail.