If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a crime in Ottawa, Ontario or the eastern region, you may be eligible for release on bail while you await trial. At AGP Law Firm, our experienced criminal defence lawyers are dedicated to helping individuals navigate the bail process and fight for their release.
The bail process in Canada begins when a person is taken into custody after being arrested and charged with a crime. The accused person then has the opportunity to apply for bail through a bail hearing, which is held in front of a judge or justice of the peace. During the hearing, the accused person can present evidence and argue why they should be released on bail.
It is crucial to have a lawyer present at the bail hearing to help the accused person navigate the legal process and protect their rights. At AGP Law Firm, our lawyers are skilled in representing clients at bail hearings and building a strong case for their release. We work closely with our clients to understand their individual circumstances and present the most compelling argument for their release on bail.
The court will consider several factors when deciding whether to grant bail, including the seriousness of the offence, the accused person’s ties to the community, their employment status, and their past criminal record (if any). The court will also consider whether the accused person is a flight risk or a danger to the public.
In addition to these factors, the court may also consider whether the accused person has a surety, or a person who is willing to act as a guarantor for their release on bail. A surety is typically a family member or close friend who agrees to be responsible for the accused person’s actions while they are out on bail. They may also be required to pay a sum of money or provide collateral as a guarantee that the accused person will return for their court dates.
If the court determines that the accused person is not a flight risk and poses no danger to the public, they may be released on bail. In some cases, the accused person may be released on their own recognizance, which means that they do not have to pay a bail bond or have a surety. This may be granted if the accused person has strong ties to the community and a low risk of fleeing.
If the accused person is unable to secure a surety or is deemed a flight risk, they may be held in custody until their trial. In these cases, the accused person may have the opportunity to apply for bail again at a later date, although each subsequent bail application becomes increasingly difficult to obtain.
Being released on bail means that they an accused person is allowed to continue their lives as normally as possible while they await trial. However, if an accused person violates the terms of their bail, they may be taken into custody and their bail may be revoked.
Canadian bail law is an important part of the criminal justice system. It allows individuals who have been accused of a crime to continue their lives while their case is being resolved, provided they are not a threat to public safety or a flight risk. While the bail process can be complex and can vary from one case to another, it is designed to ensure that individuals who are released on bail are able to return to court for their trial and face their charges. At AGP Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping our clients navigate the bail process and fight for their release.