Defendant’s charged with a crime almost always have a right to reasonable bail in the practice of Criminal Defense. Although there are a few exceptions to the right of bail, such as Defendant’s accused of First Degree Murder, under Pennsylvania Criminal Defense, Defendants have a right to be placed on bail. The Courts take several factors into account when setting bail. Preliminary Hearings First, they look at the seriousness of the crime, the criminal defendant’s prior record, whether or not there was a victim involved in the case and there is fear of reprisal by the defendant and generally whether or not the Defendant is a flight risk. The Court looks at all of these factors when determining what an accused’s bail should be. Make sure that you retain the services of an experienced Chester County Criminal lawyer if you are facing criminal charges and are concerned about how high the Judge will set your bail.

The first type of bail in Criminal Defense is called Release On Recognizance (ROR). This type of bail means that a defendant agrees to go to all of his court dates but is not required to check in with the court or place a monetary bound. Appeals This type of bail is most frequently used in first offense DUI charges. The second type of bail that a defendant can be placed on is Release on Unsecured Bail Bond. This essentially means that an accused does not have to post any money to stay out of prison, but will have be liable for a fixed sum of money if he or she fails to appear as required to court or fails to comply with the conditions of the bail bond. Such conditions might be to take a drug and alcohol evaluation and not have any contact directly or indirectly with a victim. The final type of bail is a secured bail where an accused must post money in order to be released from prison.