Entries by John Zavala

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]