Posted on: 9 February 2021
Being arrested for domestic violence is a serious criminal matter. Not all of those arrested, though, are guilty as charged. When law enforcement responds to a domestic incident, it's very likely that someone will leave in handcuffs. If that someone is you, getting out of jail is your first priority, and it's a lot easier to plan your defense if you are not incarcerated and awaiting trial. To find out more about getting out of jail after a domestic violence arrest, read on.
Bail Is Not For Everyone
Make no mistake about it — unless you are released on your own recognizance, bail is your only option for getting out of jail. However, only a certain group of defendants get offered bail, and the rest have to remain in jail until they accept a plea bargain or stand trial. Bail is based on the characteristics of the defendant and the crime of which they are accused. That may include:
- Prior criminal record.
- Past issues with obeying bail conditions.
- Prior domestic violence convictions.
- Domestic crimes against pregnant or elderly persons.
- Other related charges like resisting arrest or fleeing from law enforcement.
- The level of injuries to the alleged victim.
Other factors may also apply.
Understanding Bail Conditions
Bail is not only money paid but a promise to do – or not do – certain things. Bail conditions usually include having to appear for all future court dates, staying away from the alleged victims (and that means not contacting them at all), and not being arrested again for any reason.
The Affordable Way to Make Bail
You or your loved one won't have to come up with the large amount of bail requested by the court. Doing business with a bail bond agency means you can be freed from jail for less than the full bail amount and get to work on your case. Here is what else defendants and loved ones need to know about bail:
- Bail bonds are based on a percentage of the full bail price. For example, if your full bail is $10,000 and the bail bond agency charges a 15% premium, you only pay $1,500 to the bonding agent.
- Bonding agencies are usually located near courthouses, and it's best to use one near where your loved one is being held.
- When you call a bail bonding agency, be ready with your loved one's name, the charges, their location, and the bail amount.
To find out more about bail, speak to a licensed bail bond agency.Share