Bail Hearing in Philadelphia
Bail Reduction in Philadelphia
Each year, the criminal court systems in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania process thousands of cases. At preliminary hearings, judges may review cases individually to determine if the bail amount that has been set is appropriate.
Judges work to determine a fair bail in the interest of the law and the community at large. However, when the defendant is facing serious charges, such as assault with a firearm, the amount of bail is often prohibitively high.
Some common factors used to determine the bail amount are:
- Seriousness of the charges against the defendant
- The perceived flight risk, if the defendant is released
- The perceived risk to the community, if the defendant is released
The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and the Pennsylvania Constitution, prohibit “excessive bail”. If the defendant’s attorney can prove that the bail amount is excessively high, the defendant may receive a significant bail reduction.
In an effort to determine if a significant bail reduction is likely to occur, we will look at important background information relevant to your case and personal history. If Andrew Gay, Jr., is meeting with a family member, or friend, while the defendant is still in custody, it is important that they come prepared to share background information such as:
- How long has the defendant lived in the community?
- What is the state of the defendant’s mental health?
- What is his/her reputation in the community?
- What was the highest level of education the defendant received?
- Is the defendant employed by an employer, or self-employed?
- What are the defendant’s family ties like?
- Does the defendant have a previous arrest record?
- Has the defendant ever failed to appear in court?
Andrew Gay Jr. takes the time to personally sit down and listen to each client. This personal attention is given so that, as your lawyer in all proceedings, he understands the events that occurred and the background of his client. Andrew Gay Jr. is also available to answer questions from family members of his clients.
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