Unbailable Charges

If you have never been arrested before, there is a good chance that a judge will grant you bail depending on the crime you are accused of.  Some crimes and situations however almost never are eligible to receive bail. These are usually very serious crimes where the person could be considered an imminent danger and that person will most likely have to remain in jail until the end of their trial.  A few of these scenarios are outlined below


Because of the extreme severity of a murder charge, bail is often not an option.  A Judge will usually not grant bail in this situation because the person is usually considered a threat to the public.  The details surrounding the case and extenuating circumstances like premeditation, accidental death, and self-defense are usually not factored into this decision.  People arraigned on these charges often have to remain incarcerated until the completion of their trials.


Terrorism is another charge that is considered so serious that a judge will often not allow the person to be released on bail.  Again, this is a situation where the accused is considered highly dangerous and a threat to the public.  Also similar to a murder charge, the specific detail of the case have no weight, it does not matter if injuries or damage were minor or if there were multiple people involved.  Those charged with terrorism often have to remain in jail until the end of their trial.


People brought up on serious charges like rape, armed robbery and some types of assault also have very little chance of a judge allowing their release on bail.  A judge will often believe that these individuals pose an immediate threat to those around them and will not allow bail to be granted. They will have to remain in jail until they are sentenced or found innocent.


If you have been released on bail and are arrested for a subsequent crime, you will most likely not be granted release through bail a second time.  The Criminal Justice System sees bail as a privilege, and a second offense while awaiting trial is not seen favorably.  While certain circumstances may be cause for a judge to grant bail again, this is not guaranteed or likely.