Applying For Bail in Tennessee
Bail is an interesting thing. It was created to provide individuals who have been charged with a crime to have an alternative to sitting in jail. As the court’s become increasingly overwhelmed and it takes cases longer and longer to conclude, people, are taking advantage of bail.
The reasons bail is such an important part of Tennessee’s judicial system include:
- It allows people to continue working while they wait for their court date
- It reduces overcrowding in the jails
- People are better able to plan for their future and make smart choices when it comes to plea bargains when they aren’t locked in a cell
- People feel better when they’re surrounded by loved ones
How Much Bail Money do you Need?
In cases where the charges are considered small and if some criteria are met, you will likely find out exactly how much bail money you need from the officer who books you. This is a good thing since it allows you to start gathering money. When bail is known during the booking process, you could be bailed out almost as soon as you’re arrested.
For more serious crimes or when your history indicates that you’re a flight risk, you won’t get out as quickly. Don’t assume this means bail isn’t an option. It most likely will be.
Before you can learn how much bail is needed to spring you from jail, you’ll have to attend a bail hearing. This is usually scheduled anywhere from 48-72 hours following your arrest. During your bail hearing, both your lawyer and the prosecution will argue about how much bail you should have to pay to secure your release.