There has always been some controversy in regards to why bail actually exists and whether or not it is fair. While some believe that the bail system is there to take advantage and punish those who cannot afford to pay, but in many aspects, bail is actually to create opportunities while at the same time making sure people are held accountable. Here are some reasons why bail is actually there to help.
It allows you to live your life while waiting for your hearing
Although the intent can be misunderstood, bail was actually created to give people who have been arrested the opportunity to remain in society and live their lives instead of simply being detained while awaiting a hearing. At that point, many counter this by stating that money being involved puts that motive into contention, but really a monetary requirement creates accountability over a shakedown. This is proven by the fact that the money is returned if the defendant returns as promised to their scheduled court date. Bail in some ways is also considered a privilege because not all offenses are actually bailable. Most violent crimes are not granted bail.
If you are stuck in prison and have a job, most likely the employer would only allow so much time before they will have to terminate. Bail allows people to continue their livelihoods while preparing for their case without the fear of how they will survive once they are released.
Bail can help you avoid jail altogether
Although in the traditional sense, bail is used after you have been arrested and detained. From that point, a judge would set bail and you would just go from there, but did you know that you can actually post bail in some cases before you are arrested? In some cases, a warrant for a person’s arrest can come attached with a predetermined bond amount and if you contact a bail bondsman in time, you can actually avoid going to jail at all.
Hopefully, this shows that while the bail system can sometimes get a bad reputation, in many ways it is there to help the defendant during a difficult time. Have questions? Call us anytime!