NYC Bail Reduction Lawyers
If you’ve been charged with a crime in the state of New York, and are facing time in jail or even a prison term, the judge may set a bail amount at your arraigment hearing. Bail is designed to ensure that the defendant attends any court hearings. It can consist of cash, or any significant assets held by the defendant, such as a house or a vehicle.
Bail is extremely costly, and many people who are facing criminal charges struggle to raise the funds necessary to meet bail, and may turn to bail bondsmen to get the money they need. The bondsman produces a guarantee to the court to meet the full amount of the bail. While this might seem like a quick way to make bail, the fact of the matter is that the bondsman then has the ability to arrest the defendant if they fail to appear in court.
Instead of seeking out a bail bondsman, or forfeiting a significant amount of vital assets, many defendants facing criminal charges could benefit from bail reduction. Here’s how the process works.
Could Your Bail Be Reduced?
Whether or not the judge decides to reduce a defendant’s bail depends on the circumstances of the case. For example, a defendant charged with murder will often face a large amount of bail, as well as a restriction on travel outside certain areas, such as New York State or even the country.
Some crimes, such as petit larceny (petty theft) or driving while intoxicated (DWI), will have a smaller bail amount. However, the judge will also consider any past criminal history as well as mitigating personal circumstances. A defendant facing their third DWI charge, for example, may have a larger amount of bail set than someone facing their first charge of petty theft.
The defendant’s lawyers or counsel can use the arraignment to petition the judge and the court for a bail reduction hearing. This separate hearing is a chance for the defendant’s counsel to provide additional information about their client’s personal circumstances in the hopes that the amount of bail will be reduced.
It’s important to remember that no matter how much the bail amount is reduced, it’s still important to pay it and attend any mandatory court hearings. Failing to appear in court, also known as “skipping bail”, is a separate crime – and the bail money will be forfeited to the courts. Depending on the charge that the defendant is facing, “skipping bail” can be a serious felony. It’s important to stay on the right side of the courts during a trial.
Get in Touch with the Spodek Law Group Today
The Spodek Law Group can help you with legal advice about bail reduction, as well as any other part of the bail process. With over 40 years of experience, we’re your partner of choice in criminal defense law. Contact us today for a free consulation by calling 888-670-7957. We can help you argue for a bail reduction hearing in New York State.
May 17, 2018
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