Category Archives: Bail/Bond Review

What consequences do I face outside of the justice system if I am convicted of a crime?

If you have been charged with a crime, a conviction could impact your life negatively in many ways. A felony conviction is more limiting than a misdemeanor conviction, but any crime on your record can be harmful. Here are a few of the ways that a conviction could haunt you long after you have completed […]

I Missed my Maryland Court Date, and now I have a Bench Warrant! Should I Hire a Lawyer?

Yes, an attorney can help you immensely in this situation. In addition to providing you with representation on your criminal or traffic case, an attorney can possibly get the warrant removed or otherwise improve the situation so that you do not spend time in jail prior to getting a new court date. What is a […]

Can a Maryland Pretrial Stay Away or No Contact Order be removed?

Often times a Judge or Commissioner will issue a stay away order or a no contact order as a condition of a Defendant’s pretrial release. If the charge is theft/shoplifting, the order is usually to stay away from that location before trial. If the charge is assault the order may be to have no contact […]

What is a Pretrial Stay Away Order and No Contact Order in Maryland?

I have recently encountered a number of clients who have come to me for help with their cases where they have a pretrial “stay away order” or a “no contact order” in place. These orders are not the same as a protective order or peace order, though they accomplish the same sort of thing. A […]

Should I Hire a Lawyer for a Maryland Bail Review Hearing?

The short answer is yes, hire a lawyer! You want an attorney by your side every step of the way when facing a serious criminal charge. In Maryland, after a person is arrested and a commissioner determines that person should be held on bond, that person is entitled to a bond review hearing in front […]

Bail Reviews in Maryland. Part 3: What can bond be lowered to?

The most typical bond setup involves the following: judge or commissioner sets a nominal bond, defendant or family can pay the court the full amount or post property as collateral. A lot of defendants use a bail bondsmen–the bondsmen in Prince George’s County typically allow someone to post 10% of the total sum of the […]

Bail Reviews in Maryland. Part 2: Factors that determine a bond amount

When setting or reviewing a bond, the judge looks at only two things: 1) is the defendant a danger to society and 2) is the defendant a flight risk? The judge will always look at a defendant’s prior criminal history and background because it can indicate whether the defendant is a danger to others. If […]

Bail Reviews in Maryland. Part 1: When is a bail review hearing held?

When a family member or friend is arrested in Maryland and held on a bond, it can be a stressful and trying time for that person and their loved ones for many reasons. You may be thinking that you have try to get them out as soon as possible. Maybe the bond is too high […]