Asked in Domestic Violence and Criminal Law for Georgia

Q: Can magistrate judge grant bail for bail restricted offense without requiring offender to appear in front of the judge?

Can schedule of bonds be used to grant bail for restricted offense? Also, does a judge HAVE to place special conditions in place to protect crime victim? Or is that just a recommendation/suggestion?

1 Lawyer Answer
Joshua Schiffer
Joshua Schiffer
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Roswell, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: Lots of possibilities, and the answer is Yes. But it ALL Depends on the actual judge involved as that judge can make their own policies regarding what they feel is best when it comes to this issue. Many judges do not trust the sheriffs to pass along info or other notices to defendants, so they insist on telling the defendant face to face about their case.

This is especially important when it comes to Special Conditions of Bond such as Stay Away and No Contact provisions. If the subject can be arrested and charged for performing an otherwise legal act, most judges want to tell them about that IN PERSON.

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