A defendant should have an idea of what to expect at the bail hearing. This will help you to prepare for the hearing, as well as reduce the tension and anxiety. To understand the process, here are a few things you should know;
- The meaning of a bail hearing
- Parties present in a bail hearing
- Purpose of the whole process
- Outcome and decisions
The court will decide to allow you to post bail so that it releases you through a bail hearing. In some cases, it may deny the bail depending on the facts your attorney presents.
Who attends a bail hearing?
The defendant must attend the bail hearing together with his attorney. It is not a must for the jury to attend. Spectators, friends, and family members may also attend the bail hearing and the judge always presides over the hearing.
Importance of a bail hearing
Through a bail hearing, the judge gets an opportunity to gauge the likelihood of a defendant failing to appear in court in case he grants bail. The other reason is to ensure that the right bail amount is set. After the court grants bail, it is through a bail hearing that the defendant must show evidence when they post bail.
Bail hearing outcome and decisions
The judge may grant or deny bail depending on criminal history records, finances, nature of the crime, and general family matters. Sometimes the court may grant bail but, under various conditions such as; drug and substance abstinence, limitations towards travel, and psychiatric care among others. It may also deny bail depending on how successful the defense attorney is, the criminal history of the defendant, and if the defendant’s preparation before bail hearing is up to the set standards.