The state of Illinois does not routinely provide counsel at bail hearings. Yet, the assistance of a lawyer could make the difference between a reasonable bail amount or a sum that you cannot hope to raise. If you are able to make bail, you can speak with your lawyers in their office instead of in a jail cell, bring them important information or evidence that you may have in your house, and make a calm, considered, counseled decision about any early plea bargain that may be offered to you.
When a judge is deciding how much bail to set on a case, the judge needs to look at a number of things. Your lawyer can point out those facts that argue for the setting of a reasonable bail in your case and explain, if necessary, those that do not. The judge may look at factors such as:
The nature of the crime
The effect of the crime on the victim
The strengths of the prosecution’s case
Your roots in the community
The judge may consider your educational level, family ties, employment history, finances and character. Proof of your residence along with the amount of time you have spent there can be considered in addition to the question of whether loss of the funds you supplied for bail would be sufficient to prevent flight.
When you are accused of a crime, you have a lot at stake, including your job, your reputation, your family, and most important, your freedom. The Law Offices of Paul Chatzky is an experienced criminal defense firm that vigorously advocates for your rights and freedom.
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