What is the purpose of bail?

Bail is used to ensure the defendant’s appearance in court. Bail is set by the Judge. The seriousness of the offense is only one of the factors the judge considers when setting the amount of bail. The Judge also considers the defendant’s employment status, family ties in the community, past history of court appearances, and any other factors that may indicate whether or not the defendant is likely to flee or leave the area.

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1. What is a subpoena?
2. What is a “stand-by” notice?
3. Do I need to be present in court?
4. What is the purpose of bail?
5. Do I need an attorney?
6. Can I drop the charges against the offender?
7. What if I move or change my phone number before the trial?
8. What if the defendant or his family contacts me?
9. When will I get my restitution?
10. Where do I park?
11. What if I have a complaint about the way a criminal case was handled or think my rights have been violated?
12. How do I find out if the Courthouse is open when the weather is bad?