Will I have to post bail in order to be released from custody?
This depends on a number of factors, including the effectiveness of your attorney in communicating to the court the reasons why you should be released without having to post any bail or with a low bail. Relevant factors include the seriousness of the charges against you, of the evidence against you, and any prior criminal record you may have.
If bail is set, how can I get released?
You will be released as soon as bail has been paid and the facility at which you are held confirms that the bail has been posted. An experienced Manhattan criminal defense attorney will help you to put together the necessary assets to post bail, or to work with an honest and reasonable bail bondsman to post a bond.
What if the bail set by the judge at my arraignment is too high for me to make?
One of the most important things an experienced criminal defense attorney can do for you is attempt to convince a judge that the initial decision on bail was unfair or unjust and that a lower bail figure sometimes combined with other assurances such as surrender of passport, waiver of extradition, or electronic monitoring are enough to secure your return to court when required.
Bail: The amount is first set at arraignment. If you or someone you care for is scheduled to appear at an arraignment, contact The Paul D. Petrus Jr. & Associates, P.C. & Associates before you go.