If you have been charged with a crime, you are probably wondering what you can do to ensure the best outcome. Some people wonder if they should make bail while they wait for their trial. In the majority of cases the answer is yes. Here is why.
1. It Will Show Good Behavior
One of the main reasons to post bail if you are able to is to show the judge that you can do good and contribute to society. If you are out on bail and during that time you are going to work each day, paying all of your bills, being good to your family, and not violating any part of your bail, it will only serve to help you. The judge will see that you are a good contributing member of society and that you don't pose any threats.
Additionally, during this time, you can have a more hands-on approach to your case. It will be easier to work with your attorney to make sure that you have a good defense. It will also be a way for you have access to help with discovering and proving your innocence, or (if you were guilty) at least showing that you are not likely to re-offend.
A word of caution: if you do post bail and during that time you offend again or you do not use that time to prove you are a good contributing member, you should expect a harsher punishment. Not only will the bail money not be returned, but you could also be in bigger trouble. So if you do post bail, do it with the intent to be good.
2. You Don't Know How Long It Will Take
One reason why some people don't post bail is because the time that they are in prison place will all count towards their overall sentence (compared to the time that the trial takes). So you might think, "We may as well just get it done with." The problem is that you have no idea how long it will take to actually get to trial. It could be a month, or it could be a year. Additionally, you don't know if you will even get prison time. The jails are overcrowded and the judge may decide to fine you and give you community service. This means that you just spent time in prison without needing to.
These are just a couple reasons why you should post bail if possible. For more information, seek a lawyer at a firm such as Law Offices Of Harry G Lasser.