Many people who are facing criminal accusations, even serious ones, are offered the chance to pay bail. When they do so, they are allowed to spend their time at home, rather than in jail, as they wait for the trial. Considering how long the legal system can take to even start a trial, this is very preferable for most people.
That said, bail can be denied and the court can say that there is no option to pay. The person will just have to wait behind bars until their case concludes. Why would this happen?
The court is afraid the person will flee
One of the biggest reasons that courts deny bail is if they think that the person is going to attempt to escape justice by fleeing the country. This is known as being a flight risk. Even though the person knows that they’ll lose the bail money if they don’t show up, and that they can face more charges, if the initial charges are serious enough, the court may think that they will attempt to escape and so they won’t allow them to leave custody.
The court believes there is still a threat
Some serious crimes may also raise red flags about a continuing threat to the general public. If the court believes that the person may commit another crime before their trial, especially of the same caliber, they may opt not to offer bail to ensure that the public is safe.
What if you disagree with the decision?
Now, you may be denied bail even though you know that you’re not a risk and that you would never try to flee the country. You may disagree with this decision, and it’s important to know about all of the legal defense options that you have at a time like this, along with your rights.