Bail Hearing in Mercer County NJ

Bail Hearing in Mercer County NJ

The days of simply posting a monetary bail with the court or seeking the assistance of a bail bondsmen are in essence long gone. The bail system in New Jersey has shifted gears and is now focused on a risk assessment, done an individualized basis, as opposed to a pure economic means of the individual. If you have been arrested and charged on a warrant for an indictable offense (felony) or a disorderly persons offense (misdemeanor) that is classified as an act of domestic violence, the individual must be taken to the county jail so that Pretrial Services can conduct their Public Safety Assessment (PSA). This could take up to forty-eight (48) hours. Based on the PSA score and the prosecutors position, they could file for a Detention Hearing. If that occurs, the prosecution is seeking to convince the judge that the individual must be detained in jail, without bail, pending trial. This could turn an already stressful situation into an absolute nightmare.Read More