Can I get out on bail if I am charged with a crime?

Bail is usually a monetary sum paid so you can get out of jail before you go to trial in a criminal case. It is a guarantee that you will show up in court when you are ordered to answer to the charges. In some Kentucky cases, you may be able to be released on your own word that you will return for your trial and obey all rules set by the court. According to the Kentucky Court Rules, almost all charges are eligible for bail.

This means that if you are arrested and jailed for a crime, you should be offered the chance to bail out once you go in front of a judge. The judge sets the amount of bail you are required to pay, which is usually based upon the crime you are being charged with and may be based in part on whether you are considered a risk if released. You do not have to file anything to request bail for most crimes.

The exception is crimes that are capital offenses. These are crimes for which you could receive the death penalty. If you are charged with one of these crimes, you must petition the court to request bail. The state then has the burden of proving that you are most likely guilty because you cannot be denied bail unless there is sufficient evidence that shows there is little doubt you committed the crime. While this information should not be taken as legal advice, it can help you understand the process and what to expect. 

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