Bail is an important part of being charged with a criminal offense. If you post bail, you are allowed to leave jail and prepare for your trial in the comforts of your home. Bail can sometimes be difficult to pay, however. This video explains how the bail amount is set by the judge based on the facts of the case.
It’s important to remember that bail is not a fine or punishment. It’s a security deposit that you put down to make sure you show up to your court dates. The bail will be refunded to you at the end of the trial.
There are bail schedules set in courts and these determine the amount of bail that will need to be paid for a corresponding defense. However, this isn’t the only thing that determines the bail. A judge has significant sway and can lower or raise the bail as they see fit.
In fact, the bail can be waived completely. If the judge determines the defendant to be in good social standing then they can do this. For more information about bails and how they’re set, check out the video in the link above.