Bail is the amount of money that a defendant must pay to be released from jail. A bail bond or surety bond assures the court that the defendant will appear at his next hearing. A judge sets the amount of a defendant’s bail at his arraignment hearing, which is typically the first hearing held after the defendant’s arrest. There are a few different factors that may affect the amount that a judge sets for a bail bond near Maryland .
The judge will take into account how serious the defendant’s crime was. This may vary from state to state, but typically, felonies are considered to be the most serious crimes. If a defendant is charged with more than one felony, the amount of his bail will increase. A judge will also consider the defendant’s past criminal history. If a defendant has a lengthy criminal record, a judge may set a high bail.
Factors that may mitigate, or decrease, the amount of bail required of a defendant include his ties to the community, proof that he has a steady job or attends school regularly, and whether community members are willing to vouch for the defendant’s character.