If you have been arrested, one of your first concerns is getting out of jail. With certain minor charges, the judge may let you go on your promise to attend all court hearings. But often, a judge will require that a person pay bail in order to get out of jail.
In South Dakota, it is up to the magistrate or judge to determine bail, and there is no minimum or maximum amount. However, under South Dakota law, the court considers a number of factors in setting bail, such as:
When bail is set, a person can either pay the amount or use a bail bondsman. A bail bondsman requires a person to pay only a nonrefundable fee—usually 10 percent of the bail amount. In cases where a person is charged with a serious felony or is a fight risk, the court could refuse to set bail.
If you have been charged with a crime, it is critical to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help build your case. At Zimmer, Duncan & Cole, LLP, we will investigate your case and give you an honest evaluation of what you can expect in the court proceedings. Call us at 888-733-2992 for a free consultation to learn how we can help you.
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