The Bail Reform Act: What You Need to Know

If you are charged with a crime in New Jersey after January 1, 2017, the Bail Reform Act can result in you being released in your own recognizance (ROR), or held without bail. If you are released, the Court can impose conditions on your release, ranging from ‘stay out of trouble’, to ‘electronic monitoring’, to requiring that you post bail. A risk assessment will be done after you are arrested as part of the charging process. Depending on the type of charges being filed against you, whether you have other pending charges (cases), whether you have previously been convicted, your age, and several other factors, you will be placed into a category that will uniformly assess the likelihood of you appearing in Court when ordered to be there, and the likelihood that you will commit another offense while this case is pending disposition. bail reform actAs a general rule, if you are held without bail, the State will have 90-days to present your case to the Grand Jury, and an additional 180 days to try your case, or the Court will release you. The Bail Reform Act is an effort to broaden the use of bail for those who are non-threats to themselves or society upon release while pending the outcome of their respective cases.

Howard W. Bailey, Esq.
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Newark, NJ 07102

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