3 Times A Judge Might Approve Bail With A Home Monitoring Component
Posting bail is the quickest way to secure your release from jail. Bail ranges are determined by law, but a judge has quite a bit of leeway when it comes to determining the conditions of an arrestee's release.
Home monitoring programs are becoming more common as a condition for an inmate's release on bail. There are three situations in particular where a judge may feel that a home monitoring component should be included as a bail stipulation.
1. Pretrial Release
Without the opportunity to post bail, someone accused of a crime would have to await their trial date behind bars. This can prevent the person from coordinating with their attorney effectively and contribute to overcrowding in jails.
It is common for a judge to grant a pretrial release for a person accused of a minor and nonviolent crime. The judge may request that the bail bondsman utilize an electronic tracking device to keep tabs on the defendant and ensure that they aren't violating any bail conditions while awaiting trial.
2. House Arrest
Some individuals are placed under house arrest when suspected of committing a crime. House arrest confines the individual to their home while the case against them is being prepared for trial.
Home monitoring is almost always included as a component in a house arrest release. A bail bondsman can utilize an electronic ankle monitor or another tracking device to follow the movements of the individual under house arrest. Should that person move outside their approved radius, an alarm will be sent to the bondsman. Violating the terms of a house arrest release could result in this type of bail being revoked.
3. Confined Parole
Being paroled gives an inmate the opportunity to get out of jail after being found guilty of a crime. Many paroled inmates must work closely with a bail bondsman to participate in a home monitoring program. The bondsman will place an electronic tracking device on the inmate, then program this tracking device with the GPS coordinates of the inmate's authorized release area.
Being able to use home monitoring during confined parole allows law enforcement officers to easily locate a paroled inmate and ensure that they don't engage in any further criminal activity while out of jail on parole.
Technology has helped change the face of the law enforcement industry. Electronic tracking devices have made it possible for bail bondsmen to help more people secure their release from jail.
Contact a local bail bond service to learn more about home monitoring bail bond postings.