Bail

Bail Negotiation Lawyer in Camden County

Aggressive Criminal Defense Attorney Fights for Minimum Bail for Clients Facing Serious Criminal Charges in Camden, Atlantic, Gloucester, Salem and Burlington County and Throughout South Jersey

Anyone arrested and charged with a serious crime in the State of New Jersey may be incarcerated while awaiting trial. With the court backlog in Camden County and throughout South Jersey, being remanded to jail while awaiting your day in court can be frightening and often completely unnecessary. With effective bail negotiation, an experienced lawyer like Jill R. Cohen, Esq., can get your bail reduced to a level you can afford. In many cases, she can even negotiate a defendant being released on their own recognizance.

Bail refers to money or other type of security that a defendant provides to the court in order to obtain release from jail. If you or someone you love is facing serious criminal charges in New Jersey, contact Jill Cohen right away for assistance with bail negotiations and aggressive criminal defense. She will protect your rights and fight for your freedom.

Very shortly, new bail reforms will be put into effect that significantly change the NJ criminal justice system. Certain people and certain crimes are now going to be eligible for a pre-trial release without money bail. The new bail statute drastically changes bail requirements in New Jersey. Call Ms. Cohen today for information on this new statute, which is going into effect very soon in certain counties.

Various Bail Options Available to New Jersey Defendants

By posting bail, the court is generally able to ensure the individual’s future court appearance. Unlike other court fines or fees, the court will return the bail payment to the individual who paid or posted it at the conclusion of the court case — as long as the defendant attends all required court dates.

Presently, individuals who do not post bail will remain in jail while their case is resolved. And, of course, anyone who posts bail and does not attend all required court sessions relinquishes all funds paid. Further, the judge will issue a warrant for their arrest — certainly compounding the seriousness of the situation.

Under the New Jersey Superior Court bail process, the court can specify several types of bail including:

  • Cash-only bail: When a court specifies cash-only bail, the full amount of bail must be posted in cash.
  • Cash with 10-percent option: In some cases, the court may require cash bail with a 10-percent option. In these cases, 10 percent of the set bail must be posted in cash. Unless the defendant fails to appear for their required court date, the remaining 90 percent will not have to be paid to the court.
  • Property bond: The use of a property bond is another bail option in New Jersey Superior Court. In order to post property as bail, a defendant must meet specific requirements. If a property owner has the required equity, a lien can be placed against this real property as a property bail bond. If the defendant fails to appear in court, the lien will be paid from the equity in the property.
  • Bail bond: If you are facing monetary bail, especially an exorbitant amount of money, you may be able to obtain the services of a licensed bail bondsman to post a surety bond in exchange for a non-refundable fee. The surety bond is a written obligation that the defendant will appear for all required court appearances.
  • ROR (released on own recognizance): There are some cases where the defendant is not required to post any amount of money as a condition of their bail. When a defendant is ROR, they need only sign a written promise that they will attend all required court appearances.

Drastic changes to the current bail system will be put in effect soon. Under these new guidelines, you may be entitled to release prior to your trial. Under the new bail rules, if you are going to be held without bail, you must be indicted within 90 days and tried within 180 days, with few exceptions.

Seasoned South Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer Explains How Judges Set Bail Amounts

Judges must exercise their discretion in determining the type and amount of bail required in each individual case. Bail determinations are made on a case-by-case basis, with judges carefully considering such factors as:

  • The nature of the charge and the possible sentence
  • The background of the defendant, including their ties to the community and the defendant’s propensity toward danger or violence
  • The likelihood of conviction
  • The criminal history of the defendant
  • The bail status of the defendant (whether the defendant was out on bail at the time of the arrest)

Be aware than the defendant doesn’t have to come up with bail on their own. Any adult can post bail for a defendant. However, it’s important to remember that if someone other than the defendant posts bail, they will be responsible for ensuring that the defendant attends all mandatory court appearances. If the defendant does not attend any mandatory court appearance, the individual will forfeit the posted bail amount.

Cherry Hill Criminal Defense Lawyer Navigates the Bail Process for Clients Facing Serious Charges in South Jersey

If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges, you already know how serious the situation is and how much impact any length of incarceration will have on your entire family. Choosing a lawyer who will work tirelessly to minimize bail and the amount of time spent behind bars is extremely important. Presently, there is no effective speedy trial right in New Jersey, so it is important to choose an attorney who will assure that the prosecution brings you to trial as soon as possible. If you’re innocent, sitting in jail while you await trial is devastating.

At the Law Firm of Jill R. Cohen, we have successfully assisted countless individuals in obtaining reasonable bail, defending criminal charges, overturning convictions and reducing jail time. Additionally, for more than 30 years, we have helped clients who need to have records expunged so they can get on with their lives without criminal records. We serve clients throughout the City of Camden, Burlington County, Camden County, Atlantic County and Gloucester County. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation about your criminal charges.

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Regardless of the incidents that led up to your arrest, every resident of New Jersey has the constitutional right to a fair trial. If you have been arrested or are being investigated, you need sound legal advice. Contact me today.

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