What is Bail?
A person arrested for a crime in Indiana may be able to get out of jail while awaiting trial by posting bail. The court sets an amount for bail, the arrested individual pays, and the individual gets their money back (less certain costs and fees) at the conclusion of their case, provided they show up for their court dates. This prevents the individual from having to sit in jail while awaiting trial. An individual will usually have the option to post bail, but it is not available in all circumstances—for example, a person accused of murder or treason may not have that opportunity.
How Much is Bail?
The amount the court sets for bail will vary from case to case. Many Indiana counties have local rules establishing presumptive bail amounts that can be changed by the court as appropriate. When assessing bail, the court has a few guiding principles to determine what the amount should be. In general, bail may not be set higher than the amount reasonably required to (1) assure the defendant’s appearance in court or (2) assure the physical safety of a person/the community if the court finds that the defendant poses a risk to the safety of that person/community. If an individual faces a bail amount they are unable to pay, the individual can petition the court to reduce the amount, explaining why he or she is not a flight risk or danger to the community.
How is Bail Determined?
When determining an amount of bail, the judge considers several factors. These factors can be found in Indiana Code section 35-33-8-4(b) and include:
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