How Arraignments Determine Bail

If you’ve ever had a loved one arrested, you know how scary it can be. After the arrest and booking, the arraignment is one of the first things that will happen. The charges brought during the arraignment will influence the cost of bail.

What is an arraignment?

An arraignment will often determine whether bail is granted.

After an arrest, the defendant must be brought in court to see a judge for the arraignment hearing. During this time, the prosecution brings the charge or charges against the defendant.

Once the charges have been made, the defendant will be asked to make a plea. By this time, the defendant should already have their own lawyer and consult them for the best option.  Generally, the plea is not guilty, but they can also plea guilty or no contest.

How will the arraignment affect bail?

During the arraignment hearing, the judge will determine whether or not to grant bail. If they decide to grant it, the judge will make a bail hearing to set the amount.

A judge will consider both the charges against the defendant and any prior criminal behavior when considering granting bail or how much it will cost. More serious charges or prior criminal behavior could result in higher bail or even denial of bail. If the judge believes the defendant is a danger to themselves or others based on the charges from the arraignment, they may not allow bail at all. However, bail is usually granted.

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