When Is Bail Considered Excessive?

Many people have heard the term “excessive bail,” but what does it really mean? Bail is designed to encourage defendants to show up to their court dates without having to keep them incarcerated until their trial. After posting bail in Upper Marlboro, if you don’t show up for court, you could be responsible for the entire amount of the bail, plus fines and interest.

Although bail may be expensive, that alone does not make it excessive. Excessive bail is bail that is much higher than is usually imposed for a specific charge or that is much more than is required to incentivize a defendant to appear in court. Bail should not be used to punish someone who is accused of a crime but rather to protect the interests of the community. An exception to excessive bail is when bail is denied completely because of the seriousness of the charges. Denying bail is legally permitted. If you believe that your bail is excessive, you can file an appeal with the courts to request that it be lowered.

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