You Are Allowed to Request a Lower Bail Amount
It seems like bail amounts are always crazy. A big reason so many people talk about bail reform and that bail is way too high is that the media only mentions bail in cases where bail is in the upper six figures. Media outlets do this because they know it will get people talking and, even more importantly, returning to the source for even more information about bail.
The problem is that the media only shows one side of the bail situation. They don’t explain that those super-high bail amounts are the exception, not the norm. Of course, a person who has violently murdered his family or gone on a drunken rampage through town is going to have a high bail. On the other hand, a person who simply had one or two drinks too many and got into an argument with another person will have a significantly lower bail.
The other thing the media neglects to mention is that it is possible to ask for a lower bail amount. Sometimes the request is granted. Sometimes it’s denied, but everyone is allowed to ask. If you feel that your bail is too high, here’s how you can ask for it to be lowered.
Ask your lawyer to find a request form to lower bail. These forms are available at some, but not all, courthouses, which is why having your lawyer get one to you is the simplest option.
Fill out the form to the best of your ability. The information you’ll need includes the following:
✨ Basic information about the current bail
✨ Your case number
✨ Some personal information that includes contact information, charges, and inmate number
✨ The reason you feel your bail should be modified
Once you’ve finished filling out the application, you simply need to turn it in. Sometimes you’ll have an address to mail it to. At other locations, your lawyer will have to bring it to the courthouse.