Bail / Bond
Bail and Bond are used interchangeably. Once a person is arrested, the Connecticut State Constitution guarantees the some sort of bond be set. For lower level crimes such as misdemeanors, a person will normally be set free without the need to post any sort of bond. The bond is set to assure that someone returns to court for subsequent court dates.
If a person has not posted bond at the police station at the time of arrest, then the person is brought to court the following day for an arraignment before the court. This is where a court can reduce, increase, or keep the bond the same. An experienced criminal defense lawyer has the ability to present appropriate arguments to the court as to why the bond should be reduced.
The court has the authority, in addition to monetary conditions, to add non-monetary conditions. Reporting to drug treatment, cooperate with DCF, stay away from victims or places, and a host of other conditions. Bail or Bond amount usually stays in place until the case has resolved. Also, a high bond can be reduced under certain circumstances. The court has the authority to increase an accused’s bond amount under limited circumstances. It is always important to obtain the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney prior to addressing any issues in court. A mistake early in the case, can have lifelong consequences.