In most criminal cases in New Jersey, the defendant has the right to post bail. This allows the defendant to return home and resume his or her daily life while the charges are pending.
If you have been charged with a crime, posting bail can help you minimize the impact of your criminal case on your job, your home life, and your reputation.
Unfortunately, the courts don’t always treat people fairly when it comes to allowing bail and setting the bail amount. This is why it’s important to have an experienced New Jersey bail bonds attorney working on your case as soon as possible.
Bail Bonds under New Jersey Law
Generally, an individual accused of a disorderly person offense or petty disorderly person offense is entitled to post bail, which can’t exceed $2,500.
However, if the court decides the person is a serious threat to public safety or there is a reason to believe the person will not appear in court as required, the court has the authority to deny bail.
In more serious cases, the court can set the bail amount in excess of $2,500. New Jersey courts consider a number of factors when deciding whether to permit the accused to post bail.
These factors include:
- The seriousness of the charges
- The person’s criminal history
- The individual’s reputation in the community
- How long the person has lived in the community
- Any family ties or relationships the person has
- The accused’s employment status and finances
It is much easier to build an effective defense strategy when you are free to resume your normal life as much as possible while your case is pending.
An experienced lawyer can help you fight back if the court has denied you the opportunity to post bail.
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