Bail & Bond Reduction
Bail too high?
Aleksander Law Office represents clients in Bail Reduction Proceedings. If you or a loved one is in jail on a bond that you cannot afford, call Anna Aleksander to discuss your situation and the possibility of reducing your bond.
“Excessive bail shall not be required…” -Eighth Amendment
In Kentucky “All persons shall be bailable before conviction, except when death is a possible punishment for the offense or offenses charged and the proof is evident or the presumption is great that the defendant is guilty.” RCr 4.02.
Under Kentucky law, “A defendant shall be released on personal recognizance or upon an unsecured bail bond unless the court determines, in the exercise of its discretion, that such release will not reasonably assure the appearance of the defendant as required.” RCr 4.10
The typical criteria for bail involves the assessment of a number of factors some of which will include the following: the dangerousness of the crime, anticipated conduct if released, your previous criminal record, your ties to the community, and your ability to pay. In every misdemeanor case release on recognizance, “ROR,” is the ultimate goal. Even if you are not eligible for an ROR, an experienced attorney can significantly improve your chances of getting your bail reduced to an amount that you or your family members can afford
In Kentucky, the Courts are required to use the least restrictive conditions when setting your bail.
Conditions of Release may include:
- Placing you in the custody of a designated person or organization agreeing to supervise the defendant or
- placing restrictions on your travel, association or place of abode during the period of release
- Other condition including a condition requiring you to return to custody after specified hours.
Authorized methods of pretrial release in Kentucky
- Personal Recognizance
- Unsecured Bail Bond
- Nonfinancial Conditions
- Executed Bail Bond *
- With sufficient personal surety acceptable to the court; or
- With a deposit with the court of a sum of money equal to at least ten percent of the bond; or
- (iii) with a deposit with the court of cash equal to the amount of the bond; or
- With stocks or bonds which are not exempt from execution and which over and above all liabilities and encumbrances have a value equal to the total amount of the bond; or
- With real property having a value over and above all liabilities and encumbrances, equal to twice the value of the bond; or
- In cases of motor vehicle traffic violations, with a guaranteed arrest bond certificate as provided in KRS 431.021 .