Obtaining a Bond or Reduction of Bail in Mississippi
We understand that you are in a better position to defend yourself when you are out of jail. This firm places a great emphasis on getting our clients released from custody as soon as possible after they are arrested.
The purpose of bail is to secure your presence at your court hearings and trial. Our country places a great emphasis on freedom, and so you have a right guaranteed by both the U.S. Constitution and the Mississippi Constitution to bail that is not “excessive.” The amount of bail depends on the crime of which you are accused, and if your bail is set exceedingly high, we can arrange a bail review hearing and will argue for the judge to reduce your bail or set you free on your own recognizance.
Bail in Mississippi
Clarence discusses bail in Mississippi courts extensively here: Bond and Bail in Mississippi. If you need us to we can begin drafting a bail reduction motion immediately and push for a bail hearing.
Bail in Federal Court
Bail in federal court works slightly differently than in Mississippi state court. Bail in federal court is governed by the Bail Reform Act, 18 USC §3141-3156. When you are arrested on federal charges, you will first be taken before a U.S. magistrate judge. The magistrate judge will then do one of three things:
- Detain you
- Release you without conditions – the judge will release you on your own recognizance (“ROR”), or let you execute an “unsecured appearance bond” unless it is determined that you are a flight risk or a danger to the community.
- Release you with conditions – if the judge determines that you a flight risk or a danger to the community, your lawyer should push for you to be released with some conditions that would ensure your return to court.
Clarence discusses federal detention hearings in this post from the Mississippi Criminal Defense Blog. You are best served by a lawyer with experience in federal criminal court to represent you at this hearing, as the information discovered at this hearing could have serious implications on the rest of your case.
We will help you get your bail reduced If you are accused of certain offenses, you may not be eligible for bail, or the arresting agency or the court will set a very high bail. If you are eligible for bail, you have a constitutional right to bail that is not excessive. If your bail is set so high so that it is effectively a denial of bail we will arrange a bail review hearing and put together a case for reduced bail or ROR. If you have any questions, give us a call at 601-991-1099 or toll free at 866-991-1555, or email Clarence directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help, at any time.