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MeatNit wrote:What's a bond requirement? (I know nothing about law, not to mention US law)Feud wrote:Also, that's not a sentencing hearing. It's a bond hearing. He didn't fine her $10,000, he set that as her bond requirement.
It means that she either has to put down $10,000 to get out of jail until whenever her trial is, or she needs to find someone to put the money down for her (family, friends, bail bonds company, etc).
Whether you skip bail is also factored into final sentencing, so there's that to be considered. If the person is considered dangerous, bail an be set pretty high or not given at all. It your family and friends have mortgaged their houses to get you out, and they'll lose it all if you don't show up, it also incentivizes them to make sure you are to court.
NeatNit wrote:A lot stupid to not show up, but also stupid to allow the criminals the option to not show up. And the consequences (from what you described) aren't serious enough.
Well while they aren't sentenced they are still innocent people. Also locking them all up wouldn't help overcrowding.
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The alternative to bail is to lock everyone up who is going to stand trial. Which means imprisoning a lot of innocent people. Or offer bail without any strings attached. (Which is what they do in Scotland.)NeatNit wrote:A lot stupid to not show up, but also stupid to allow the criminals the option to not show up. And the consequences (from what you described) aren't serious enough.
My main issue with property-based bail is that freedom simply becomes linked to wealth. We've all seen Shaft and we all know what that means...
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