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What Does Bail Mean?

Chances are you have heard of bail, yet you might not understand exactly what it means. Bail guarantees an individual’s appearance in court following a criminal charge. Bail empowers the individual charged with a crime to exit jail following the arrest. Bail is posted under the assumption that the individual facing charges will return to […]

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What You Can and Can’t Do While Out on Bail

So you just made bail and got out of jail? Not sure what you should and shouldn’t do while you wait for your case to close? While getting released from police custody is certainly freeing, it doesn’t mean you’re free to do whatever you please while you await your court appearances.  You don’t have to […]

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5 Reasons Not to Stay in Jail

So, you or a friend may be going to jail, and you’re wondering — why not just stay there? There can be a small advantage to staying in jail: You might be able to get credit for time served. But that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. There are a lot of reasons why staying […]

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When Can a Judge Raise Bail?

Getting arrested is a life-changing experience. Even for small charges, the process can be difficult to navigate. One of the most important parts of the process is bail. Without a good understanding of the bail process, you or someone you love could be stuck in jail longer than necessary. With that in mind, let’s look […]

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How Is a Bail Amount Determined?

When you hear about criminal proceedings and people being released from jail on bail, you may hear something like “The judge set bail at [X amount].” But how is bail determined? Is it just some arbitrary number the judge pulled out of his or her brain? Or is there a defined process that a judge […]

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