Baltimore Bail Review Lawyer
Setting Bail is Important – Get It Done Correctly
When a person is charged with a crime, preparing and building an effective defense is crucial. This task is made more difficult when a person is being held in jail, though. If you or a loved one is charged with a crime, effective representation during a bail review can increase your ability to build an effective defense.
Legal representation by a knowledgeable Baltimore, Maryland bail review lawyer can increase the chances of securing bail for you or your loved one. The experienced and award-winning attorneys at Portner & Shure, P.A. understand the importance of securing pretrial release for our clients. For over 25 years, we have been proudly providing our legal services to the Chinese- (Mandarin and Cantonese), Vietnamese-, Korean-, and Hispanic-speaking communities in our city. Our attorneys will work with you, your family, your friends, and your employer to build a strong defense.
Call (855) 954-4141 or contact us online for a free, confidential consultation.
Bail Review Hearings in Baltimore City
Maryland State law requires a person to be brought before a District Court Commissioner within 24 hours of their arrest. A District Court Commissioner determines whether the arrest was supported by probable cause and also makes a determination regarding bail.
A District Court Commissioner has three options regarding bail:
- Set a bail amount
- Deny bail and order the person be held
- Release the person on their own recognizance
Following this initial appearance, a person is entitled to a bail review hearing in the District Court if they are denied bail or if they are unable to afford bail.
In the District Court, a Judge has five options:
- Increase the amount of the bail
- Decrease the amount of bail
- Leave the bail amount unchanged
- Deny bail
- Release the person on their own recognizance.
A judge makes this determination based on whether the accused is a flight risk and a public safety risk. When determining if a person is a flight risk, a judge looks at the person’s ties to the community. Specifically, the judge looks at the person’s family, residence, education, and employment status. Additionally, the judge also looks at the person’s record for any prior instances of the person not appearing in court. In short, the judge wants to be sure that the person will appear in court for trial.
When determining if a person poses a public safety risk, a judge looks at the crimes that the person is charged with and the person’s criminal record. Stated more clearly, a judge wants to be sure that the accused does not pose a danger to the community or themselves.
What Sets Portner & Shure, P.A., Apart
The attorneys at Portner & Shure, P.A. work with their clients and their families to build a compelling argument for pre-trial release. Specifically, the attorneys at Portner & Shure, P.A. reach out to friends, family members, employers, and other individuals in the community to gather evidence of their client’s good character. The attorneys at Portner & Shure, P.A. do this to support their argument that their clients will appear for court and do not pose a risk to the community.
Why Hire Portner & Shure, P.A.?
Effective advocacy by a Baltimore, Maryland bail review lawyer can increase the chances of securing pretrial release or an affordable amount of bail for you or your loved one. The attorneys at Portner & Shure, P.A. have spent 25 years successfully protecting their clients’ rights and fighting for their freedom. We know that a bail review hearing is only the beginning of the process and work to obtain favorable results during all stages of a criminal case.
To schedule a free consultation regarding your Baltimore City bail review hearing, contact us at (855) 954-4141 or contact us online.