When a person is accused of committing a serious crime in Ohio, immediate and serious penalties can follow. This is particularly true in instances of a murder charge. In addition to facing lengthy criminal proceedings, an individual arrested of such a crime will face instant sanctions, like being taken into custody and subjected to seemingly unaffordable bail.
Recently, one 21-year-old Ohio woman was subject to such harsh penalties. Police found the woman at her 29-year-old boyfriend's apartment. Police say that the woman shot her boyfriend multiple times, ultimately killing him at the scene. When police arrived at the apartment, they arrested the woman. She has been charged with murder. However, police continue to investigate motives for the killing. In the meantime, authorities are holding the Ohio woman in custody on $2 million bail in light of her arrest.
In Ohio and other states, bail is the process by which officials set an amount of money that a person in police custody must pay in order to get released during criminal proceedings. Bail and custody can be just as overwhelming as the criminal charges a person faces. Often, criminal suspects get arrested and do not appreciate the early-stage arguments that can be made to assist their defense, particularly in regards to bail and in releasing them from custody.
Court officials set bail by looking at a host of factors, including the seriousness of the crime, injury to others, the individual's criminal record, the danger that individual may pose to the community and the individual's local ties, like family and employment. Essentially, the criminal justice system is evaluating whether the criminal suspect will return to court for the relevant proceedings and pose any sort of danger to the community in the meantime.
A good defense recognizes the factors that the court evaluates and helps individuals protect their rights and avoid the harsh conditions and penalties that come with early custody and high bail.
Source: Cincinatti.com, "Women held in death of Highland Hts. man," Jason Williams, Oct. 13, 2012