How Is Bail Determined?
The bail staff uses what’s known as “weighted release criteria” to decide how much bail is required. The criteria includes:
- The nature and circumstances of the offense
- The defendant’s record of previous convictions
- The defendant’s past record of appearance in court after being admitted to bail
- The defendant’s family ties
- The defendant’s employment record
- The defendant’s financial resources
- The defendant’s character and mental condition
- The defendant’s community ties
Recent Significant Change in Connecticut Bail Laws?
In 2017, Governor Dannel Malloy signed a bill intended to help poorer defendants. The purpose of the law is to address the unintended consequences of a poorer person being lockup up for even a few days. Those consequences include loss of pay, employment, and housing.
How Can a Bail Agent Help Me?
A bail bondsmen can help you get a friend or loved one out of jail at reduced cost. Too often, people without a bail agent end up paying exorbitant costs simply to get out of jail and begin mobilizing their case. Whether it’s a criminal or a motor vehicle charge, a professional bondsman is the only way to avoid paying the full bond total set by the arresting agency.
Is There More Than One Way to Get a Bail Bond?
There are four ways in which a person may be released from custody.
- You can use a bondsman.
- You can post cash for the full amount of the bond with the court or jail.
- You can use real property (such as a home or a lot) with the court.
- The judge can decide to let the defendant go on their own recognizance.
Can I Get My Money Back?
The premium paid to the bonding office is not refundable. The fee is charged to get the defendant out of jail and is considered fully earned once the defendant is out of custody.
Get An Estimate Now →
Our special custom calculator automatically adjusts for Connecticut's financial percentages, as set forth by law. Less than $5,000 is 10% and more than $5,000 is 7%. Learn exactly what the cost of bail will be for you or your loved one.
Note: This is only a tool to help you with a ball park number based on the bail set. An additional fee of $150 is added to all bonds exceeding $5000 (Ex. $5001 Bail would be 350.07 + $150 Application Fee