The above bail bond calculator is based on how we charge for our services which are in line with Connecticut state law for a licenced Bail bondsman in CT
How Bail Is Set In Connecticut
In the state of Connecticut, a judge sets the bail amount. The amount is initially based on a bail schedule but may change to a higher or lower amount based on the circumstances of the case. Once an amount has been set, your bail bond agent will determine the bail amount that you need to be released. The bail bond is a small portion or percentage of the total bail set by the Judge. You then pay the bail agent to secure your release.
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How does Connecticut Bail Bonds Group Calculate Your Bail Bond?
Our jail bond calculator is based on bail bond prices in Connecticut, which are regulated by state law but are quite straightforward. This following simple table represents a summary of CT bail bond pricing:
|Amount of Bail||Bail Bond Price|
|$0-$500||A fixed rate of $50|
|$501-5000||10% of set bail|
|$5001+||7% of set bail + Flat fee of $150|
If you opt for one of our bail bond payment plans, then you will be required to make a 35% deposit of the total set bail bond amount. Choosing a bail bondsman or a bail bond company is typically quite simple because they are all regulated by law. However, you should make sure that the bail bond company that you choose strictly follows the local Connecticut laws and regulations. You wouldn’t want your case to be affected negatively by the bail bond agent posting the bond illegally or improperly. All Connecticut bail bond agents are required to follow strict laws that regulate the bail bond premiums, bail agent fees, rates, and their payment plans. These laws are set for all bail agencies and regulated by the Department of Insurance. The Department also requires individual bail agents to report to them on a monthly basis. Additionally, the state law of Connecticut requires bail agencies to be audited twice a year.
How Do Connecticut Judges Calculate The Bail Amount?
Under normal circumstances, Judges in Connecticut set a bail amount when the suspect appears in court for the first time after an arrest. This could either be during arraignment or during a bail hearing. The Judge will set the bail amount based on standard practice for Connecticut. For example, a nonviolent petty misdemeanor often carries a bail amount of $500. However, the amount is not fixed and can be raised or lowered based on certain factors such as: the value, damage and impact to the community. In some circumstances, the Judge may grant the suspect release on their own recognizance (OR) or waive bail altogether based on the specific circumstances of the case.
During an initial court appearance, a defendant is not required to have a lawyer to arrange bail. A defendant is allowed to post a cash bail by themselves or call a CT bail bond agent who will arrange to post bail, based on the bond calculator above, on your behalf. You can also contact friends and relatives to post cash bail or buy a bond from a professional bail bond company.
Use of Algorithms to Set Bail
Recently, courts have started to use math formulas to make decisions regarding pretrial release. The process involves entering select defendant’s information into a program to generate a score or information to base bail decision. Known as bail algorithms, the software puts into consideration factors like defendants’ age and criminal history to set bail. The software is designed to assess the risk of the defendant committing another crime after the release or failing to appear for the court hearings.
Factors Affecting Bail Amounts
The most obvious factor that Judges use to set bail amounts is the seriousness of the crime a suspect has been charged with. The amount can also be affected by other factors including criminal history of a defendant, the employment status of a defendant and whether the defendant has close ties with the community and family.
Can a Judge Deny You Bail?
A Judge can legally deny you bail in certain circumstances. Some common circumstances for denial of bail include when a warrant or hold has been placed on a defendant by another jurisdiction. Consequently, the Judge will require the defendant to be kept in custody for a period long enough to allow the other jurisdiction to pursue its charge. Additionally, a Judge may deny bail if the defendant is a flight risk or may leave the jurisdiction before the conclusion of their case.
Bernie Francisco was arrested in Hartford and charged with a drug crime. Ms. Francisco is a naturalized American citizen who was born in Mexico. Her family, including her husband and children, still lives in Mexico City. During the arrest, the police found her with $10,000 in cash and passport. When presented in court, the judge will most likely be reluctant to grant Francisco bail. Her circumstances indicate that she is a high flight risk and may flee to Mexico if released on bail. For Ms. Francisco to be released on bail, she will need to explain to the Judge the reason she was carrying her passport and such a large amount of money in cash. The judge will also need to determine whether she has strong ties to the local community before considering granting her bail.
Use Of A Bail Schedule
Ordinarily, defendants post bail at the police department before they are brought to court for an arraignment or hearing. The police use bail schedules that specify bail amounts for most of the common crimes. After the arrest and booking, the defendant can obtain release by paying the amount of bail set by the bail schedule. The amount is not fixed across jurisdictions and can vary depending on the type of crime, locality, and residency.
The bail determined in the bail schedule is progressively based on the seriousness of the crime. Bail amounts for felonies are five to ten times more than misdemeanors. The bail amount set in the schedule is inflexible and the police cannot accept any other amount unless the judge assigns a revised amount. This is usually done by Duty Judges, who are available to set bail for certain cases over the phone without the need for a formal court hearing.
Can Police Practices Influence the Bail Amount Calculation?
Certain police practices tend to influence the bail amount. Many of the suspects usually want to bail out of jail quickly after an arrest. However, the police in most cases arrest suspects with more serious criminal charges that have facts to support the case. For example, the police may arrest someone for the possession of a small amount of marijuana. This crime is classified as a misdemeanor in most states. However, the police may treat the arrest as possession of marijuana with intent to sell, which is a felony in all states. This kind of treatment will increase the amount of bail for marijuana, even though the crime may reduce to a misdemeanor later during the court hearing. This means that the defendant will have paid a high bail amount based on the bail schedule to be released.