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Do you need a lawyer for a Bail Review Hearing in Maryland? Contact the Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr., LLC, at 410-288-2900 or email the office for immediate bail review hearing legal help in Maryland.

Bail Review Hearing – Maryland

What is a bail review hearing in Maryland?

When an individual is arrested in Maryland, that person may be held, pending the trial or hearing date, in a local detention center.   The method of holding that person is by the Court setting a bail or bond for the release of that individual.  If the person or Defendant is being held without bail, then that person cannot be released pending the trial date. If the Defendant is being held and there is a bail or bond that has been set, then that person or a loved on may pay the bond or bail and the Defendant will be released.

If you are in need of a Bail Review Hearing Lawyer in Maryland, call attorney Randolph Rice at 410-288-2900.

For more information on Bail and Bond in Maryland, visit the Maryland Court page on posting bail/bond in Maryland.

How Do I Get a Bail Review Hearing for a Loved One in Maryland?

When a person is arrested in Maryland, they may have  number of opportunities for a Bail Review Hearing.  They will appear before a Commissioner, a Judge and can appear before another Judge for an additional bail review hearing, depending on the type of charges.

Commissioner Bail Review Hearing

When a person is arrested, and if the police do not release the Defendant from the precinct, then the Defendant will be taken before a Commissioner for a bail review hearing.  As of October 1, 2014, Defendants have the right to request an attorney is present at this bail review hearing.  However, waiting for an attorney to appear may delay the hearing and may be better advised to go through with the bail hearing before the commissioner without an attorney.

If you are in need of a Bail Review Hearing Lawyer in Maryland, call attorney Randolph Rice at 410-288-2900.

District Judge Bail Review Hearing

After the commissioner has seen the Defendant and set a bail the Defendant or the Defendant’s family or friends can post the bail, a detailed below in “Ways to Post Bail in Maryland.”  If bail is not posted for the Defendant, then within 24 hours or by the next business day, the Defendant will appear before a District Court Judge for a bail review hearing. At this phase, the Defendant should have an attorney present to argue for a reduced bail or to be released on his own recognizance.

The District Court Judge may reduce the bail, raise the bail, or keep the bail the same at this bail review hearing.  If the Defendant is unable to post the bail set by the District Court Judge, then the Defendant may request a Habeas Hearing before a Circuit Court Judge.

Circuit Court Judge Bail Review

If the Defendant is unable to pay the bail set by the District Court Judge, the Defendant may file for a Habeas Hearing in the Circuit Court.  There is a filing fee required and the Defendant should hire an attorney to handle this type of case.  In addition to a Habeas hearing, if the Defendant is charged with a felony and the case is transferred to the Circuit Court, most jurisdictions will allow the Defendant to be heard on bail when the case is moved to the Circuit Court.

If you are in need of a Bail Review Hearing Lawyer in Maryland, call attorney Randolph Rice at 410-288-2900.

Bail in Maryland – Bail Attorney Maryland Randolph Rice

Bail is money or property given to the Court that is used as collateral in the event the Defendant fails to appear.  It is an incentive for the Defendant to appear in Court on his or her trial date.

Who can post bail for me in Maryland?

You may post bail for yourself, have someone over 18 years old post it on your behalf or use a professional bail bondsman. The person posting bail for you assumes full responsibility for your appearance in court. If you fail to appear as required, a warrant will be issued for your immediate arrest and the bail will be forfeited to the Court.

How can I post bail in Maryland?

Bail in Maryland can be posted by 5 different methods (From the Maryland District Court)

1. Cash Bail

A percentage of the bail may be posted for cash bonds. All bonds that are set at two thousand, five hundred dollars ($2,500.) or less may be posted with a cash deposit of ten percent (10%). However, the person posting cash bail is liable for the full amount.  If you appear for trial or the charges are disposed of before trial, the amount posted will be refunded.  If you do not appear, all cash posted will be forfeited and the full amount of bail becomes due.

2. Property Bail

Property (e.g. land or home) in Maryland may be used to post bail, provided that the net equity in the property meets or exceeds the amount of bail.  To determine net equity deduct any liens, mortgages or deeds of trust, and ground rent, capitalized at 6 percent, from the assessed value of the property.  This may take a while and will slow down the process of having the Defendant released.

When posting  property, you need to present tax bills, assessment notices, copies of a recorded deed or other public records. Each person whose name appears on the tax bill must sign the form, unless a power of attorney has been executed by one or both parties authorizing another signature.

3.  Intangible Assets

Acceptable intangible assets include:
a. Bankbooks and certificates of deposit accepted at 100 percent of stated value,
b. Letters of credit from a bank,
c. Certificates for stocks listed on the American or New York Stock Exchange, accepted at 75 percent of the present exchange quotation.

Only a clerk of the court may accept intangible assets; a commissioner may not. You must present the required documents to a Clerk of Court at the court location where the case is pending.

4. Credit and Debit Cards

Bail may be charged on certain credit and debit cards.  Although a commissioner or clerk accepts the card, an independent company processes the charge.  The charge includes the amount of the bail and a service fee. These charges will appear on your next credit or debit card statement. The card and personal identification must be produced in person at the time of posting bail. (Contact a District Court commissioner or clerk for information on cards accepted and the fees charged.)

5. Professional Bail Bondsman

A bail bondsman charges a non refundable fee to post bail. In addition to the fee, the bondsman may require collateral security or property to secure your release. Collateral will be returned to the person who posted it after disposition of the charges. The service fee and collateral received must be displayed on the bail bond form.  Make certain that the information is correct on the form, that you receive a receipt and that you understand the action the bondsman may take if you fail to meet your obligations.  The money you pay the bail bondsman is typically non-refundable and is the premium for the Defendant to be released.

If you or a loved one is in need of a lawyer to represent someone at a bail review hearing in Maryland, contact our office at 410-288-2900 for immediate legal help.

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