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The Basics of Bail: Part 2

The Basics of Bail

In my last article, I explained the different kinds of bail bonds that permit an accused to be released from jail pending trial. The most important aspect of bail is how the court is supposed to set the type and amount of bond to assure the accused’s appearance in court. Ohio law provides that a judge must consider the following factors in setting bail bond: 1. Nature and circumstances of the crime charged, and specifically whether the defendant used or had access to a weapon; 2.Weight of the evidence against the defendant; 3.Confirmation of the defendant’s identity; 4.Defendant’s family ties, financial resources, character, mental condition, length...

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The Basics of Bail: Part 1

The Basics of Bail

An initial hurdle to cross in criminal defense is how to obtain an accused person’s release from jail pending trial. The accused must “post bail.” The image from movies is a bail bondsman, with a neon-lighted office near the jail taking money from the accused’s family and warning the accused that Dog the Bounty Hunter will be looking for him if he “skips bail.” The reality is different, and a bit more complicated. First, what is the purpose of bail? Simply, bail assures the accused’s appearance as required in court. There are three general types of bail: recognizance, “10%,” and surety. Recognizance bail often...

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