Repeat offenders often have difficulty obtaining bail. In this article, we’ll discuss how repeat offenses can affect your ability to make bail—but the effects aren’t quite as simple or as clear-cut as you might think:
Past Criminal History and the Court
When you’re before a judge and he or she is trying to decide whether or not to release you on bail, your previous criminal record matters. A bail hearing isn’t like a trial: The judge doesn’t have to disregard your past criminal history simply because there’s no proven link between your previous crimes and misdemeanors and the offence of which you are currently accused. Even if you weren’t convicted on previous charges, the judge can use them as a reason to deny you bail. Having been accused or convicted of other crimes in the past doesn’t automatically mean that the judge will deny you bail, but the cost of your bail will almost certainly be higher if this is not your first offense.
Past Criminal History and the Bail Bondsman
Typically, a bail bondsman won’t refuse to bail you out of jail purely because of your previous criminal history. However, some questions about your previous court experience are relevant. Did you or a loved one pay the full cost of the bail bond agent’s fee the last time you were out on bail? Did you pay for any fees you may have incurred during a previous trial? Did you show up to court reliably?
If you paid your fees and made all of your court dates, you’ll probably be considered a trustworthy borrower. If you didn’t make your court dates or pay your fees, then your bail bond agent isn’t going to take a chance on you again.
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