Bail Denial or Revocation

The subject of bail is addressed by the Eighth Amendment to the US Constitution, providing that “excessive bail shall not be required.” This, however, does not mean that it is absolutely guaranteed in every case, and if bail is granted it may be revoked based upon the actions of the defendant.

Reasons for Denial
One of the primary purposes of bail is to ensure the defendant shows up for…

How the Bail Process Works and Getting Out of Jail After an Arrest


If you are ever arrested and want to spend the least amount of time possible in jail, the best possible thing to do is to post bail. Bail is generally an amount of money or a piece of property that is given to a court in order to promise that you will return there on your court date.


How Much Will the Bail Be

As soon as you get to jail, bail will probably be one of t…

Out On Bail? What You Can and Can’t Do

If you or someone you know has been accused of a crime, the court may require bail in order to be released from jail. Bail is a monetary amount that you deposit with the court to ensure them that you will return for your court hearing. The full amount of bail can be posted in cash, or you can work with a bail bond agent to pay bail for a set fee. For the fee received, the bail bondsman agrees to…

Innocent Until Proven Guilty?

We’ve heard the term “guilty until proven innocent” many times. However, few stop to consider what this phrase means, exactly. It’s the cornerstone of the American legal system, and it allows people the chance to prove their innocence in front of a jury of their peers. Whether you’ve recently been accused of a crime or just want to keep your mind open to the facts of the law, understanding t…

What It Means to Co-Sign A Bail Bond

Family members and close friends of an alleged criminal may be asked to co-sign a bail bond. The co-signed bail bond is an agreement between the co-signer, bail bondsman, and the individual under arrest. The co-signer assumes full responsibility for the defendant released from jail. A co-signer’s potential financial obligations remain in place until the case against the accused in…

The Benefits Of Quickly Obtaining Bail

It is not uncommon for people to make a mistake and find themselves being arrested. This is often a new experience, and the process can be very confusing. The one thing everyone seems to have in common is the desire to not spend any time in jail. In many cases, jail time can be avoided by paying a bail amount set by a court. Should someone not be able to afford the bail amount, a bail bondsman…

All About Bail Collateral

Bail bonds are helpful because they allow someone charged with a crime to get out of jail. They are also complex and sometimes involve unfamiliar concepts. Bail collateral is something that might seem confusing at first. It is important to understand what bail collateral is and how it works.
Understanding Bail Collateral
If you want to post bail for someone in jail, then the most…

Pleading No Contest

What It Means

If you haven’t experienced the situation of pleading no contest, you’re still probably familiar with the term. Within the ubiquitous amount of police procedure and crime-centered programs on TV and in the movies, the phrase is a main ingredient. To enter a plea of no contest is to admit to no guilt for a particular crime. However, it’s not that simple.

The Fu…

Double Jeopardy Law

Legal jeopardy is being exposed to the danger of a conviction and punishment in a court of law. Double jeopardy is a defense that can be raised in a criminal prosecution. The general rule of double jeopardy bars a second prosecution for the same offense. Courts have carved out many exceptions to this fundamental rule of constitutional law, but in Monge vs. California, the U.S. Supreme Court said…

The “Raise the Age” Debate: Texas Increases Criminal Age to 18

The State of Texas has maintained that individuals who commit a crime at the age of 17 or above can be tried as adults. However, this policy is drawing criticism from activists on both sides of the isle. Some people say that the minimum age for criminal sentencing should be increased because many people make mistakes in their youth. In contrast, opponents cite the increased cost of juven…

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