When an individual is arrested, he or she has an arraignment hearing where he or she is provided with the opportunity to post bail. The collateral or money that is used to post bail is essentially used as an insurance policy and allows the defendant to be leave jail with the promise that he or she will show up and attend any court dates and trials that are related to his or her arrest. It is possible that the bail is denied by the court. Below is a look at some of these instances.

The Defendant Does Not Have United States Citizenship

When someone visits the United States from another country and commits a crime on U.S. soil, the court is going to take their citizenship—or lack thereof—into account when determining bond. If the individual's home country is overseas, the individual may leave the U.S. in order to avoid any legal obligations. Extraditing the accused individual is often a very lengthy process, which is why bail may be denied to individuals with immigrant status.

The Defendant Is a Proven Flight Risk

Individuals who have less-than-perfect track records when it comes to appearing for scheduled hearings and trials tend to be denied bail. The court will take into consideration the history of any missed appearances when determining whether a defendant will appear for additional court dates.

The Defendant Has Violated His or Her Parole

When a defendant is released from jail early, there are certain regulations in place to ensure that he or she remains in line. If these rules weren't in place, the defendant could easily wind back up in jail behind bars for the rest of his or her sentence (until the court date) or potentially wind up with additional time added to his or her sentence. In the event that the defendant is arrested, it means that he or she has violated parole, thereby opening up the opportunity for the court to deny bail.

Regardless of why you or a loved one ended up in jail, if an arraignment hearing has been scheduled and is coming up or has already occurred and you need to post bail, get in touch with bail bond agencies in your area to find out what they can do for you. A bail bondsman can help navigate the judicial system to make certain that all necessary requirements are met to make bond and get out from behind bars.