Suppose you’re applying for bail in the local courts. Do you think your bail should be granted? Are you ready to attend court and obtain legal advice for a criminal offence? In that case, if you’ve committed a serious crime as an accused person and you’re worried your bail will be refused, you need to contact us! We’re the bail application lawyers Sydney residents look to!
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The court assesses bail. This bail assessment would entail assessing any bail concerns, meaning ensuring the person is unlikely to re-offend while out on bail.
In New South Wales, receiving bail is not always contingent on a “show cause” application. While certain people and offences may trigger the need to show cause, most bail applications are about assessing whether there is an unacceptable risk in releasing someone.
Our skilled bail application lawyers in Sydney will work to demonstrate to the court that you do not pose a risk to the community or is unlikely to flee, which can help secure release on bail.
Our bail application lawyer will have to answer four essential questions about bail —
Getting arrested is the first step in a lengthy legal process from accusation to verdict. An essential part of many cases is to handle the bail process as soon as possible. The Bail Act of 1992 allows for bail to be posted for any person not already imprisoned or indicted for another crime. However, without guidance, an accused party could be unaware of their rights to bail.
The police generally set bail within 48 hours of arrest. However, suppose bail is not granted to an accused person. In that case, they may need experienced bail application lawyers to schedule a free consultation anytime about their case. Our bail lawyers will not only help with the application but also will aid in setting and changing bail conditions and addressing bail breaches.
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In Australia, courts only refuse around 9% of adults and 6.2% of juveniles who apply for bail. Our expertise and experience uphold that percentage well by giving applicants the best information and aid we can.
You can count on James & Jaramillo Lawyers as your bail authority: we’re the bail application lawyers Sydney residents look to. No matter the crime, our experienced Sydney bail lawyers will give any case all their effort. Plus, since we know that bail is not your case’s end, we are always available to help with bail condition changes. Alongside new bail applicants, returning bail applicants can also have their cases looked at for free at any time.
Once these criteria are established for the court, our criminal lawyers will determine the bail condition for your police bail. The bail conditions are the stipulations that a defendant who receives bail must adhere to remain out on bond.
These conditions manage people out on bail by placing restrictions on their movement and keeping tabs on them. Requirements like checking in with a required office, regular random drug screenings, surrendering your passport, and staying away from certain people and places are all part of conduct requirement conditions.
It should be noted that bail conditions are not universal and may differ based on the circumstances of your case. Our experienced bail lawyers can guide you through the bail application process and help you understand what conditions may apply to you based on the specifics of your situation.
These protocols involve insurance that a person out on bail will return to court. Agreeing to pay a fine if court dates get missed or surrendering property as collateral for not returning to court ensures that people on bail will still be accountable for their actions.
Usually made by a person without a criminal record who knows the defendant well, these acknowledgments involve having someone sign a written agreement vouching that the defendant will not miss court dates. The court will determine if the elected person is a good candidate for an acknowledgment.
Enforcement conditions are usually added as an extra layer of protection to ensure another bail condition will be upheld. Some examples require those who bailed out always to answer the door when the police come after curfew to verify that they are still at the residence.
Just like the crimes they prosecute, the process for filing bail applications in courts differs depending on the court district you are going through. For Supreme Court bail applications, a defendant has two attempts to get approved, whereas, for Supreme Court bail applications, there is only one opportunity.
For severe crimes like assault and misdemeanours like domestic violence, those who were denied bail by the police can contact our offices to look at their case.
Following consultation, clients will know right away if they will be represented. A bail application lawyer then submits a bail application based on the information provided and sends it to the court for review. If the application is approved, the client will acknowledge that they agree with it with a signature.
If your bail application is denied, other options may still be available. For example, you can make a new application to the Local Court if new circumstances arise that may be relevant to the bail decision. Additionally, you can apply for bail in the Supreme Court of NSW.
Suppose your bail application gets denied in local or district court. An entirely new bail application can be filed to the Supreme Court of NSW. Supreme Court bail applications are the most formal of the three and require submission of a formal application. Supreme Court bail applications can free those imprisoned and have free reign for what to hear.
If accepted, the bail application lawyer in Sydney will have a chance to advise of any changes or updates before the court hears the case. Upon hearing the case on a limited basis, the court will deliberate and decide on the bail application.
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Section 7 of Bail Act 2013 defines bail as an authority to be at liberty for an offence.
Yes, bail can be granted under the Bail Act to any person accused of an offence. If they are in custody already, they will be entitled to release from custody once the bail acknowledgement is signed and the bail conditions are met.
Yes, once the charge process is finalised by the custody sergeant, they can make a determination if police will give you bail. If the custody sergeant believes you should get police bail, you will need to sign the bail acknowledgement.
If the custody sergeant bail refuses bail, you have the option to apply for bail in the Local Court. This could either occur on the same day or the next day. The rule of thumb is that you will appear at the Local Court as soon as practically possible.
If you choose to do a bail (release) application at the Local Court, the Magistrate that is presiding will determine if you should be released on bail.
The Court first must determine if the matter falls under the show cause provisions of the Bail Act.
In the event, your matter is not a “show cause” matter than the Court considers whether you are an unacceptable risk to the community.
The Court consider section 17 of the Bail Act in deciding if there may be a bail concern if you are released from custody:
ASSESSMENT OF BAIL CONCERNS
(1) A bail authority must, before making a bail decision, assess any bail concerns.
(2) For the purposes of this Act, a “bail concern” is a concern that an accused person, if released from custody, will–
(a) fail to appear at any proceedings for the offence, or
(b) commit a serious offence, or
(c) endanger the safety of victims, individuals or the community, or
(d) interfere with witnesses or evidence”.
Further the Court than considers relevant matters as part of the assessment under section 18 of the Bail Act:
MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED AS PART OF ASSESSMENT
(1) A bail authority is to consider the following matters, and only the following matters, in an assessment of bail concerns under this Division–
(a) the accused person’s background, including criminal history, circumstances and community ties,
(b) the nature and seriousness of the offence,
(c) the strength of the prosecution case,
(d) whether the accused person has a history of violence,
(e) whether the accused person has previously committed a serious offence while on bail (whether granted under this Act or a law of another jurisdiction),
(f) whether the accused person has a history of compliance or non-compliance with any of the following–
(i) bail acknowledgments,
(ii) bail conditions,
(iii) apprehended violence orders,
(iv) parole orders,
(v) home detention orders, good behaviour bonds or community service orders,
(vi) intensive correction orders,
(vii) community correction orders,
(viii) conditional release orders,
(ix) non-association and place restriction orders,
(x) supervision orders,
(f1) if the bail authority is making the assessment of bail concerns because the accused person has failed or was about to fail to comply with a bail acknowledgment or a bail condition, any warnings issued to the accused person by police officers or bail authorities regarding non-compliance with bail acknowledgments or bail conditions,
(g) whether the accused person has any criminal associations,
(h) the length of time the accused person is likely to spend in custody if bail is refused,
(i) the likelihood of a custodial sentence being imposed if the accused person is convicted of the offence,
(i1) if the accused person has been convicted of the offence, but not yet sentenced, the likelihood of a custodial sentence being imposed,
(j) if the accused person has been convicted of the offence and proceedings on an appeal against conviction or sentence are pending before a court, whether the appeal has a reasonably arguable prospect of success,
(k) any special vulnerability or needs the accused person has including because of youth, being an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, or having a cognitive or mental health impairment,
(l) the need for the accused person to be free to prepare for his or her appearance in court or to obtain legal advice,
(m) the need for the accused person to be free for any other lawful reason,
(n) the conduct of the accused person towards any victim of the offence, or any family member of a victim, after the offence,
(o) in the case of a serious offence, the views of any victim of the offence or any family member of a victim (if available to the bail authority), to the extent relevant to a concern that the accused person could, if released from custody, endanger the safety of victims, individuals or the community,
(p) the bail conditions that could reasonably be imposed to address any bail concerns in accordance with section 20A,
(q) whether the accused person has any associations with a terrorist organisation (within the meaning of Division 102 of Part 5.3 of the Commonwealth Criminal Code),
(r) whether the accused person has made statements or carried out activities advocating support for terrorist acts or violent extremism,
(s) whether the accused person has any associations or affiliation with any persons or groups advocating support for terrorist acts or violent extremism.
(2) The following matters (to the extent relevant) are to be considered in deciding whether an offence is a serious offence under this Division (or the seriousness of an offence), but do not limit the matters that can be considered–
(a) whether the offence is of a sexual or violent nature or involves the possession or use of an offensive weapon or instrument within the meaning of the Crimes Act 1900 ,
(b) the likely effect of the offence on any victim and on the community generally,
(c) the number of offences likely to be committed or for which the person has been granted bail or released on parole”.
Lastly, if the court does find the accused person to be an unacceptable risk because if the accused person is released from custody they will either:
(a) fail to appear at any proceedings for the offence, or
(b) commit a serious offence, or
(c) endanger the safety of victims, individuals or the community, or
(d) interfere with witnesses or evidence.
Then the accused person won’t be granted bail. However, if they are of the view that it’s a bail concern then it can be mitigated by bail conditions, then the accused person can be released on bail after signing the bail acknowledgement.
After the Lindt Café Siege, the Bail Act was reformed to include new provisions relating to show cause.
Section 16A of the Bail Act was introduced that states a bail authority making a bail decision for a show cause offence must refuse bail unless the accused person shows cause why his or her detention is not justified.
If the accused person does show cause then the bail authority (the Court) must make a bail decision on the unacceptable risk test.
What triggers a show cause bail application?
Section 16B of the Bail Act provides offences to which the show cause requirement applies:
For the purposes of this Act, each of the following offences is a
“show cause offence” —
(a) an offence that is punishable by imprisonment for life,
(b) a serious indictable offence that involves–
(i) sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16 years by a person who is of or above the age of 18 years, or
(ii) the infliction of actual bodily harm with intent to have sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16 years by a person who is of or above the age of 18 years,
(c) a serious personal violence offence, or an offence involving wounding or the infliction of grievous bodily harm, if the accused person has previously been convicted of a serious personal violence offence,
(d) any of the following offences–
(i) a serious indictable offence under Part 3 or 3A of the Crimes Act 1900 or under the Firearms Act 1996 that involves the use of a firearm,
(ii) an indictable offence that involves the unlawful possession of a pistol or prohibited firearm in a public place,
(iii) a serious indictable offence under the Firearms Act 1996 that involves acquiring, supplying, manufacturing or giving possession of a pistol or prohibited firearm or a firearm part that relates solely to a prohibited firearm,
(e) any of the following offences–
(i) a serious indictable offence under Part 3 or 3A of the Crimes Act 1900 or under the Weapons Prohibition Act 1998 that involves the use of a military-style weapon,
(ii) an indictable offence that involves the unlawful possession of a military-style weapon,
(iii) a serious indictable offence under the Weapons Prohibition Act 1998 that involves buying, selling or manufacturing a military-style weapon or selling, on 3 or more separate occasions, any prohibited weapon,
(f) an offence under the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 that involves the cultivation, supply, possession, manufacture or production of a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug or prohibited plant within the meaning of that Act,
(g) an offence under Part 9.1 of the Commonwealth Criminal Code that involves the possession, trafficking, cultivation, sale, manufacture, importation, exportation or supply of a commercial quantity of a serious drug within the meaning of that Code,
(h) a serious indictable offence that is committed by an accused person–
(i) while on bail (whether granted under this Act or a law of another jurisdiction), or
(ii) while on parole (whether granted under a law of this State or another jurisdiction),
(i) an indictable offence, or an offence of failing to comply with a supervision order, committed by an accused person while subject to a supervision order,
(j) a serious indictable offence of attempting to commit an offence mentioned elsewhere in this section,
(k) a serious indictable offence (however described) of assisting, aiding, abetting, counselling, procuring, soliciting, being an accessory to, encouraging, inciting or conspiring to commit an offence mentioned elsewhere in this section,
(l) a serious indictable offence that is committed by an accused person while the person is the subject of a warrant authorising the arrest of the person issued under–
(i) this Act, or
(ii) Part 7 of the Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Act 1999 , or
(iii) the Criminal Procedure Act 1986 , or
(iv) the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 .
It really depends on what the breach is.
For example, if you fail to appear in Court, you may be criminally charged with failing to appear under section 79 of the Bail Act in which the maximum penalty for t he offence are 3 years imprisonment or $3,300.00 fine or both.
If it’s a different type of breach, like reporting late to the police station. Police may give you a warning and take no account. Alternatively, if they decide to take action, they can put a detention application to the Court and the bail hearing is heard again.
Yes, you can vary any bail condition. However, simple variations are generally accepted by the Court if the prosecution consents with the variation. Note, that even if all parties consent to the variation, it is still ultimately up to the Court.
If the prosecution contests the bail variation then the Court has a disputed bail variation hearing and determines if it is acceptable to change the conditions.