Conroe, TX asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Texas

Q: Is it typically positive for a defendant if the court lowers their bail without them asking?

Is it typically positive (in terms of a defendant's case) for a defendant if the court lowers their bail without them asking? For example, if a bail on a charge of misdemeanor theft enhanced to a SJF or another SJF crime goes from $3,000 to $750, notwithstanding covid-19.

1 Lawyer Answer
Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Austin, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: It is typically better to be OUT of jail than in jail so making it easier to get out is generally positive. A person is less likely to accept a bad plea deal when they are out of jail.

However, if they are trying to push people out faster because the jail is full of COVID well that's a different problem!

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.