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Obtaining Bail after a Conviction

Bail can be defined as procurement of release from jail of an individual awaiting an appeal or trial by depositing security to make sure they show up at the set trial date. The monetary worth of the security deposited, also known as bail or bail bond is usually set by the court that has jurisdiction over the arrested individual. The deposited security can be in the form of cash, property or the bond of an individual through a bonding company or a professional bail bondsman. The security is forfeited in case the accused individual does not show up to court on the set date.

Types of Bail

An accused person is required to prove their innocence and will be given a court date for the trial. Typically, there are three phases in a case where an individual can apply for bail. These include before the arrest, after the arrest or after the conviction.

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Posting Bail After conviction

After conviction, the accused is allowed to post bail even though an appeal for the same is accepted by the court. This will happen if the court thinks there is enough evidence to warrant the individual’s release. You will be surprised to know that most people do not know they can get bail after conviction. Once the conviction/sentence has been pronounced to the defendant, the court can grant bail to the defendant for filing an appeal in the appeals court, this is referred to as sentence suspension.

Bail pending appeal

A convicted person can be released on bail if the defendant satisfies the court that they intend to file an appeal. This type of bail may be granted if the offense of which the defendant has been convicted allows bail bond or when the accused on sentenced for less than 3 years.

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