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Flight Risks and Other Reasons People Can Be Denied Bail

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If a close friend or relative is in jail, your first instinct may be to bail him out as quickly as possible. However, your first step should always be to contact a qualified and reputable bail bonds agent to help the process go as efficiently and smoothly as possible. Unfortunately, some defendants may be denied bail entirely. Here are three common reasons why your loved one may be denied bail:

Dangerous Defendant

According to the Bail Reform Act of 1984, federal courts may deny bail to any defendant who presents a danger to another person or member of the community. Most state courts also consider personal or community safety, and may preventatively detail a dangerous defendant before trial. Although state courts vary in their policies, many abide by the federal standards for denying bail and cite violent crimes, crimes where the penalty is death or life imprisonment, felony possession of weapons, and serious drug offenses as reasons to deny bail.

Flight Risk

If a defendant has a criminal history and has demonstrated a pattern of not showing up to his court hearings, he may be deemed a flight risk and detained before his trial. But sometimes even nonviolent defendants accused of financial crimes are denied bail. One high-profile scam artist accused of fraud and money-laundering was recently denied bail due to his significant financial resources after he expressly violated a judge’s orders not to speak to his girlfriend. Ultimately, setting—or not setting—a bond amount is at the court’s discretion.

Belligerent Conduct

If a defendant behaves belligerently either during the arrest or in the courtroom, a judge may opt to deny bail. One common misstep defendants make is threatening not to show up for their court dates in the presence of a court representative.

24 Seven Bail Bonds of New Jersey is dedicated to helping anyone charged with a crime get out of jail as quickly as possible. Our clients are all treated with courtesy and guaranteed qualified representation. Call (732) 418-2245 today to learn how our bail bonds agents can make even the most difficult situation go more smoothly. 


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