If you are charged with an offence often you may be entitled to apply for bail. Bail allows you to be released from custody until the court decides a verdict, on the agreement that you will come to court on a specified date.
The court can order:
If you breach the conditions on your bail it can result in a warrant for your arrest and further charges being brought against you.
When deciding which order to make the court will consider factors such as:
For some offences, generally less serious ones, it is expected that the Court will grant bail. A charge of more serious offences will require you to prove why you should be released on bail.
Generally, at the Magistrates Court you have one opportunity to apply for bail, and if it is refused you can only change this by showing a change of circumstances since the refusal, or applying to the Supreme Court.
Because of this, it is important that you do everything possible to improve your chances when you initially apply for bail, by putting your best case forward at the first opportunity. Having a lawyer appear on your behalf is beneficial, as they will understand the process and the best way to argue for a grant of bail.
If you or a family member have been taken into custody and intend to apply for bail, we can help you. We have appeared at most Magistrates Courts in South East Queensland from Gympie and Maroochydore to Toowoomba, the Gold Coast and all over Brisbane.