Maryland Bail Attorney
If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a crime, one of the first stages of the criminal prosecution is making and setting bail. Arrest and bail are complex legal processes, and far too often, families and individuals navigate these waters alone. Your freedom requires the best possible defense: An experienced bail attorney that knows the system and can best argue for your release is a valuable asset during these initial stages of criminal prosecution.
The Law Offices of Blackford & Flohr has more than a decade of experience arguing for the release of individuals during bail proceedings in the Maryland and Baltimore court systems. Our skilled legal team knows what it takes to argue for a client’s release and reduced bail terms.
Understanding Maryland Bail Proceeding
Following an arrest in Maryland, the charged individual must be brought before a court commissioner within 24 hours. During this initial appearance, the individual is presented with information specific to the criminal charges, as well as information about his or her right to an attorney. Then, the commissioner decides if the individual will be released on personal recognizance, released on bail, or held without bail until the trial.
In determining bail, there are two core considerations that are used in Maryland and Baltimore courts:
- Will this person appear in court on the date of the trial?
- Does this person pose a clear threat to others?
It’s our duty to persuade the court that you will show up for your trial and that you do not pose a clear threat to others. If there’s one thing a bail lawyer does, it’s to prove these 2 statements.
For a large percentage of individuals, a bail amount will be set. Yet, if bail is set at an amount that is difficult or impossible to pay, an individual can request a bail reduction hearing. At this stage, it’s important that your attorney understands how to argue for reduced bail terms because following a reduction denial, it is challenging, although possible, to reverse the decision post-hearing.
How Bail Lawyers Can Help
Blackford & Flohr are committed to advocating for individuals during bail proceedings in the Maryland courts. With each case, our law team provides personalized attention, helping our clients to earn bail reductions, avoid bail bondsmen, and achieve a pre-trial release.
We can help with:
- Bail Reduction: Our legal team knows what information to present to the court to secure reduced bail. Additionally, an experienced attorney can help show that a client poses no flight risk.
- Ensuring Release: Making sure you or your loved one gets out on bail is of your upmost concern. Our team is fluent in Maryland bail proceedings, and we have a variety of strategies for advocating for the release of our clients.
- Avoiding Bail Bondsman: Using a bail bondsman can be costly for working families, as the cash that’s put down to pay for bail is never returned to the family. In certain cases, our team can help families pay the court directly, with the cash amount returned to them following the trial.
If you or a loved one is facing a bail hearing, you need the experience of a proven bail attorney. Blackford & Flohr has more than a decade of experience advocating for clients in Maryland and courts, and we’re here to help you build a successful defense. Let us help you protect your freedom; contact us today for a free consultation.