The meaning of bail
When someone is charged with a criminal offence by the police, then that person will be given a piece of paper with a court date to attend. Alternatively, the person may be taken back to a police station and then be released with certain conditions. However, at the police station, the police may also decide to keep the person locked up in jail. If this is the case, then there is a right to bail. At this point, it is crucial to consult an experienced defence law firm. According to the law, you have to be taken in front of a judge within 24 hours to determine if you will be released at a bail hearing. As a Brampton criminal law firm, we will come and visit you in jail and, also help to contact any available family or friends to attend the hearing. A bail hearing is a determination as to whether you can be released back into the community, with certain conditions and a monetary bond or deposit and, with or without a surety. The surety is the person that comes to court and agrees to supervise the release.
Factors in determining release on bail
In deciding whether or not to release you on bail, the judge will consider several factors. One of these
factors is the willingness and ability of the surety to supervise you in the community. Although legally, anyone can apply to be a surety, it is usually better if the surety has some sort of knowledge or
relationship with the person in custody and, is in a position to adequately supervise. As experienced
criminal case lawyers in Brampton, we will thoroughly prepare the surety to testify at the bail hearing.
The surety should not have a criminal record. Their responsibility will be to ensure that all conditions of release are followed and possibly to pledge some monetary bond or cash. Additionally, the judge will also consider the seriousness of the current charges and whether or not you have a prior criminal
record. In deciding whether or not to release, the judge will balance the proposed plan of release and
supervision, with any safety concerns. As one of the best criminal lawyers in Brampton, we will use our extensive experience in handling your bail hearing and, do our best to convince the judge to release you from jail. One of the things that we stress to the judge is the principle of the presumption of innocence and, the fact that it is always in the interests of the freedom of liberty to be able to deal with all criminal charges while out of custody.