Q: How come she has no bond after a preliminary hearing for 1st degree cruelty to children. Her priors are tickets.
It's her first felony offense. No criminal history. She is 37.
A: Sometimes the incident is very serious, so the judge denies bond for that reason. Sometimes people have failure to appear warrants for traffic tickets, and that causes bond to be denied. An attorney can request reconsideration of bond however, so they still have a chance to get one even though they have been denied previously.
A: There can be several reasons that a judge denies bond for an individual defendant, including but not limited to prior criminal history, prior history of failure to appear, holds from probation or other jurisdictions, the seriousness of the pending charges, etc. Without knowing more facts of this particular case, it is difficult to say why no bond was granted at the preliminary hearing. She should definitely consult with a criminal defense attorney to discuss her options moving forward with the defense of her case.
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