Been Charged?: Bail Hearings

 

At a bail hearing, the court will decide whether or not you can be released into the community while you are facing outstanding criminal charges. For a person in custody, it is often a critical juncture that will affect their decision on how to proceed with their trial. 

The courts will release an individual who is charged with a crime if the court is satisfied that they will come to court as directed, that there is not a risk to the community, and that the community would not be offended by the person's release.

At this stage, the person charged will need the assistance of his or her friends and family to act as sureties. The number of sureties and amount of money to be put up can vary depending on the number of charges, the type of charges, whether the accused has a prior criminal record, and whether they have ever failed to appear for court in the past.

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