When you are arrested, you will be taken in front of a local magistrate who will inform you of the nature of your charges and determine whether or not you should be released on bail. In determining what your bail should be, the judge is going to look at the seriousness of the crime to determine whether or not you will be a risk to the safety of society if released. Two, the judge will determine whether or not it’s likely that you will show up for future court proceedings.
In attempting to determine whether or not you are a risk to society, the judge is going to look at the seriousness of the crime, and he’s going to look at your prior contacts with the criminal justice system. They will look to see whether you have previous criminal convictions that may indicate your level of danger, what types of crimes you commit, and the level of danger associated with those crimes. In determining whether or not you are someone who may not show up for the next court proceeding, the judge is going to look at your contacts with the community, how long have you lived in the community, whether you are employed within the community, and also the judge is going to look to see whether or not there have been any prior court cases where you have failed to appear. It is important to retain the services of a competent criminal defense attorney at the earliest proceedings who can make arguments on your behalf for the judge to give you lower bail. If in fact, you get high bail, you can always retain a competent attorney to file what is called a bail application to ask the court to reduce your bail.
If you have been charged with a crime in Pennsylvania and require strong legal representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney, contact The Conner Law Group to schedule a consultation today.