Aurora, IL asked in Criminal Law for Illinois

Q: If being charged with armed violence is there a possibility you can be let out without having to make bail ?

The defendant has a baby on the way and can’t afford to pay the cash bail, is there any hope

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Jennifer Snyder
Jennifer Snyder
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: Because Armed Violence is an offense that carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in the Department of Corrections, the chances are high that a cash bail may be ordered. However, the court looks at many factors when setting bail, including the Defendant's prior criminal history, community ties, work history and many other factors like age and family situation. The defendant or the attorney should be prepared to argue the positive aspects of the client's life and background and then ask the judge to be released on a signature bond. The court will want to make sure that the Defendant will appear in court for all court proceedings and will remain law-abiding, so be sure to make those things part or the argument. Best of luck.

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