What to Know About Pre-Trial Release
Even if you’ve been arrested for a crime, you may still be released before your trial in what’s called a pre-trial release. The court will either set bail, an amount you must pay to be released, or you may be released on your own recognizance, meaning you won’t need to pay bail. However, you must show up for your court date or face additional charges and an increased bail. Neglecting to show up for your court date after posting bail may even result in a warrant for your arrest.
Bail will be set based on the nature of your crime as well as your criminal history. You may also be denied bail if the court believes you are a threat to the community or if you won’t appear for your court date, in which case, you must remain in custody until your trial date.
There is also the chance that you may be released with conditions. For example, you may not be allowed to travel out of the state until your trial, you may have to submit to drug testing or you may be electronically monitored. Some defendants may also not possess any dangerous weapons during their pre-trial release period.
Abiding by the conditions of your pre-trial release is important to prevent further consequences from the court, or potentially even having your charges escalated. An experienced trial attorney can talk with you about your case and help you understand the conditions of your release and abide by them to remain in good standing with the court.