If you’ve ever seen an episode of Law and Order or a movie about an important court case, then you already know how dramatic the announcement of a sentence and bail can be presented. In real life, not only aren’t there always gasps of shock and awe when a bail amount is granted, but there are also other ways Hollywood has failed our system.
Keeping your focus on the bail process through a camera lens can lead you to the wrong answers. Here are some of the most extreme ways that television and movies get our industry all wrong.
“Your Bail is Denied!”
No matter the crime committed in a fictional setting, the drama always tends to climax at the judge dramatically denying the offender’s bail.
In reality, we don’t live in a world controlled by plot beats. Bail is usually granted unless:
- The crime was severe
- The offender is deemed a flight-risk
- The offender is a public threat
- The crime is a repeat offense
Bail is Set by a Judge
Sure, the judge is the person who announces the bail amount, but in reality, they don’t have much of a say in what that amount is. Most judges will follow a selection of set guidelines that determine the bail amount.
So, your fate doesn’t rest in the hands of a judge, but really the circumstances of your situation. This can include:
- The crime that was committed
- The age of the offender
- If the offender has any previous criminal record
“Ya Got One Phone Call, Kid.”
One of the biggest tropes that the movies love to play up is the “one phone call.” The truth of the matter is, you don’t just have one opportunity to reach out for help. In fact, as long as the people you reach out to accept the collect call payments, then you could reach out to multiple parties like your family member and a trusted Fort Worth bondsman.
On Bail, You’re Free!
Bail may give you the freedom of not being behind bars until your sentencing, but you aren’t free to do as you please. You’re still responsible for following your court orders, staying in town, and showing up to every court appearance you have scheduled. Failure to do so will have you back behind bars until the court hearing for your initial crime.
Reality Isn’t Too Bad with Big Bubba’s Bail Bonds on Your Side
When it comes to getting a Fort Worth bail bond the biggest gamble you have to take is on yourself showing up to your court appearances. After submitting your application for a bail bond from Big Bubba’s Bail Bonds, we’ll take care of the rest and leave you to live responsibly until your date with the judge.
If you or a loved one are in need of a bail bond, trust us to help you through the bail bond and court processes. We are open 24/7 and available for you to contact us anytime we’re needed.