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Updated by Jason Knapfel on Jul 02, 2015
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5 Reasons a Person is Denied Bail

If a person has the unfortunate experience of being put in jail, one of first things they will want to figure out is how fast they can get out and what it will cost them. Posting bail is the most common way to get out of jail and back to regular life. But sometimes, bail is denied, and this can happen for a variety of issues. Here are some reasons why the defendant may be denied bail after an arrest.


The Defendant is Accused of a Severe Crime.

If the person has been accused of a severe federal crime like murder, it’s common to see an extremely high bail amount or there will be no bail offer provided at all.

In most cases, bail can be posted without any trouble. But, sometimes that isn’t the case. The court will look closely at each situation and the circumstances surrounding it before denying bail. If you have more questions about serving jail time or what it takes to post bail, contact a criminal lawyer that can explain the specific laws in your local area.

Also see: How Do Criminal Charges Impact My Employment?


The Defendant Has a History of Skipping Court

If the judge sees that a defendant has a history of missing court dates, he/she will likely deny bail. Or, if the defendant shows an unwillingness to cooperate or other belligerence toward the judge, denied bail is likely.


The Defendant is a Repeat Offender

Judges don’t have a lot of sympathy when it comes to repeat offenders. If the person was on parole or probation, this is their chance to prove that they are willing and able to change their ways. So, if they choose to go the opposite route and continue to commit crimes, the judge likely won’t tolerate such actions and will deny the opportunity for bail.


The Defendant is Not a U.S. Citizen

If a non-US citizen is taken into custody, the court will look closely at the defendant’s immigration status. It doesn’t matter if the crime is big or small, if they are given bail, there is a high likelihood that they will try to get back to their country rather than stay around for a court hearing.


The Defendant is Potentially Dangerous

If the person is dangerous or poses a threat to the public, the judge will likely decide to keep the person in jail rather than allowing them freedom. This is especially true if the person is being accused of a violent crime or if the person has a history of violence.