Do You Qualify for Bail?

by | Dec 9, 2021 | Bail Bonds

Most people who have been arrested can post bail and stay at home until their trial. However, there are some instances that bail can be refused by courts. To understand more about bail and who can and cannot qualify here are some factors to consider.

  • The Severity of the Crime? 

When you commit a crime in most cases, you can be released out on bail after paying a fee on your own or with the help of a bail bondsman. However, if the courts feel you may be a threat to others because of the severe or heinous crime, your bail could be denied. In court, bail can be denied for crimes involving a minor or if the crime is a violent crime. In addition, if the crime can result in life in prison or the death penalty, your bail will not be approved. Another factor can be, if you committed a drug offense that can result in ten years or more in prison, the bail will be denied.

In the state of Florida, the court can deny bail if there is a lot of evidence, and if the crime committed can result in the death penalty, such as first-degree murder.

  • Criminal History? 

In addition to the crime committed, the courts will also look into your criminal history to get an idea of what type of person you are. If your crimes are minor, but you have a history of repeating the same crime or other crimes, your bail can be denied.

If your criminal history only has a few minor crimes, bail may be approved because you aren’t deemed as a threat to the community. So, with that said, if your background history combined with your current crime reveals that you are a danger to the public, the courts will not let you go home until the hearing, especially if there is enough evidence against you.

Another thing the courts look at in your criminal history is how often you attend the hearings. If you have a history of not showing up to the court appointed hearings, the court may view you as a flight risk, and force you to remain in jail until your hearing.

  • Where Is Your Family Located? 

The last thing the courts look at to determine if your quality for bail is where do you live, how long you’ve lived there, and where does your family live? Courts feel more comfortable allowing bail to people who have lived in the community for years. They also prefer people who have lots of ties to the community, such as a job and family nearby.

For example, if you have worked at the same job for 12 years, and your whole family has lived in the same area for your entire life, you’re less likely to sacrifice everything and flee. On the other hand, if you have no job and your family live in other counties or countries, you have few ties in the area and little to lose if you flee.

Another reason you may not receive bail is if you have lots of money, the courts can view you as a flight risk, regardless of the location of your family. People with lots of money and have the finances to flee the country or state with their entire family, making them a bigger flight risk than someone who lives paycheck to paycheck.

Bail is important for allowing people to spend time at home, work their regular jobs and to prepare for their trial, so they aren’t stuck in jail not able to provide or care for their families. Just remember, it’s the courts who always determine the bail. Bondsman can only facilitate the bail once the court has determined it. Also, long as you aren’t a danger to the community or a flight risk, the courts will most likely grant bail. If you need more information on the bail process, please contact us: Alliance Bail Bonds we are open 24 hours a day/ 365 days a year. (386) 257-5116 or visit our website at: