‘Comprehensive’ is how many describe our guide that shows bail amounts you may see for various charges, both felonies and misdemeanors. How much a bail amount is set to can vary on many factors. Bail amounts are set by each jurisdiction so there is variance to what the exact bail bond will be. Judges can have input so there is also a human factor to the exact amount set. Bail Bonds Network’s research focuses on bail amounts set in California, so the bail amount could be different for your state, but the researched bail amounts can still be used as a baseline.
While many factors exist in setting a bail amount, a few key factors that play a role in the determination of the bail amount are:
- Your age
- If you have any other current charges
- Your criminal history
- Prior record of not appearing to court
Significant differences exist in the cost of a bail bond depending on the charge being a misdemeanor vs a felony – felony charges can be 5-10 time higher due to the potential flight risk from a possible long-term sentence. Capital crimes, such as murder with substantial evidence, may not have a bail amount set due to the significant risk of harm to others. The same applies for major felony charges where there is strong evidence that bodily harm was done.