If you have been arrested and accused of committing a crime, you will likely be booked into jail and a bail amount will be set by a judge. In setting a bail amount, a judge will take several factors into consideration. Chief amount these factors are your potential risks to the community if you are released and the risk that you will flee from the jurisdiction and evade prosecution. If you are charged with a more serious offense such as a first degree felony, you can expect your bail will be set at a much higher amount such as $20,000.00 or more depending on the nature of the crime. In some cases, bail is set at $1 million dollars or higher. A bail which is bondable allows you to go through a bail bondsmen and thereby only pay a portion of the the overall bail fee to the bail bondsmen, typically 10%, while the bondsmen pays the remainder. The percentage you pay is retained by the bondsmen as their fee. If your bail is cash only, it is non bondable which obviously makes it much more difficult for most people to be released.
Hiring a Utah Criminal Defense Lawyer to Help with Bail
Hiring a Utah Criminal Defense Lawyer to represent you can help in dealing with a high bail amount. A good attorney can request a bail hearing to have the amount reviewed by the court and possibly reduced. In some cases arguments can be made that bail should be set at $0 and the defendant released on his/her own recognizance. While we can’t make any guarantees of outcomes, we can ensure all relevant issues regarding bail are addressed with the court and you are given a fair opportunity to be released from jail in a reasonable manner. We also have good relationships with many of the bail bond companies in Utah and can help get you in touch with the right bail bondsman for your needs. Call Salcido Law Firm anytime to help with bail and to get your legal defense started on the right foot.