Join the fight to save bail.
A special thanks to Palmetto Surety for your donation. From the board of NABA
National Association of Bail Agents
Join us in working toward the advancement and preservation of bail nation wide. You can help promote bail by DONATING to pro bail advertising here. All amount are welcome. All funds will go toward a pro-Bail advertising campaign to promote pro-bail issues that are coming to a vote in the next election nationwide.
Bail is the amount of money defendants must post to be released from custody until their trial. Bail amounts are set by the government. Bail is not a fine. It is not supposed to be used as punishment. The purpose of bail is simply to ensure that defendants will appear for trial and all pretrial hearings for which they must be present. When you hire a Bail bondsman, they will post the total bail amount for a percentage of the total bail amount. (Usually under 10% in most States)
Bail will come to a Vote
Secured bail is a centuries-old practice. As early as the year 400, defendants in Anglo-Saxon courts in England had to find a friend or family member, called a “surety” who would agree to pay a settlement if they failed to appear in court.
Today, anyone in the American court system who’s been charged with a crime is entitled to a bail hearing shortly after their arrest. At this point, all defendants are supposed to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. At this pre-trial hearing, judges or magistrates, decide whether or not to keep the defendant in jail before their trial. The judge may keep a defendant detained if he’s deemed dangerous to the public, or if there’s a good reason to think he won’t show up for court. But more often, the judge will give defendants the option to post bail. For now, you have that option but with the so-called bail reform measures that will be voted on election day, you may no longer have that option. Be very careful in November on how you vote. Save your right to bail.
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