Other than the obvious desire to be released from custody, being released on bail can allow you to regain as much of your normal life as possible and assist in the preparation of your defense while your case is winding its way through the system. It is important, therefore, to provide your defense attorney with all the information that will help convince the judge you are not a flight risk.
Ties to the Community
The more established you are in terms of your residential and employment situation, the better. If you own your home, for instance, the length of time you have lived there and the equity in the property will be considerations. If you rent, having a long-term leases is preferable to a month-to-month arrangement. Similarly, if you have a solid job with a consistent work history over a long period of time, you appear more trustworthy than if you constantly change jobs.
A person married with children to support or one who regularly makes child support payments seems more stable and to have more at stake than a single individual.
Prior state or federal criminal arrests and convictions can be problematic but may be minimized depending on how long ago, the severity of the charge and whether previous parole or probation terms were complied with.
Other factors to consider include immigration status, past military service and the nature of your discharge and whether you can demonstrate the ability to post a cash bond or qualify for a surety bond.
Contact a Fort Worth Criminal Defense Lawyer for Legal Advice
Bail hearings in criminal defense is an important early step in the criminal process. Protect your rights. To explore possible options you may have, call Bryan P. Hoeller, a Fort Worth TX criminal defense lawyer and federal criminal defense attorney, at (877) 208-3382.