Who Qualifies for Bail?


Who Qualifies for Bail?When you post somebody's bail it essentially acts as insurance that the defendant will show up in court for any and all scheduled appearances. If the person does not go to court you may lose some or all money or collateral that you put up to have the person bailed out of jail. Bail is a right that is afforded to all citizens in the United States who find themselves arrested and charged with a crime. In some occasions, at the discretion of a judge, bail may be denied. Continue reading to learn more about who does and does not qualify for bail.

Misdemeanor Charges

Misdemeanors are charges for generally non-violent crimes. This can include vandalism, trespassing, certain traffic violations, petty theft, verbal threats and a variety of other crimes. Just about anyone who is charged with a misdemeanor will have a relatively low bail set for their release.

Felony Charges

More serious crimes warrant felony charges. Felonies include most all violent crimes, as well as crimes that include high dollar damage or theft. This may include larceny, robbery, weapons charges, kidnapping, rape, fraud or murder. Most first time offenders qualify for bail, but depending on the severity of the crime, they could have fairly high bail amounts.

DUI Charges

Driving under the influence is one of the most crimes in America, which is quite unfortunate since it is so easy to avoid. However, if you are charged with a DUI you will likely be released on your own recognizance if you have no other charges against you. This means you may be released pending court without any bail fees.

Who doesn't qualify for bail?

In some cases a person may be denied bail. Common reasons a person may be denied bail includes:

  • Repeat offenders - If a person has a long history of criminal activity they will likely be denied bail.
  • Flight risks - If the person who was arrested tried to run from police or are otherwise considered a flight risk, they will be denied bail.
  • Dangerous to society - People who are suspected of violent crimes likely won't qualify for bail rights.

If you need a bail bond in Panama City visit the team at Steele Boys' Bail Bonds. We will gladly discuss your bail options will you regarding your loved one's situation. To learn more or to request bail services in Florida give our team a call 24/7 at (850) 403-0214.


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