When someone is arrested and taken into custody, the first thing they will experience is the booking and processing procedure. During this procedure, the arrestee’s photograph is taken, their fingerprints are recorded, and a comprehensive national background check is conducted.
After all of that is done, the final step in most cases is to set bail. Once bail has been set, it’s possible to post bail and await their court date at home. However, bail bonds have a cost, and sometimes people wonder if it’s best to remain in jail.
Unfortunately, there are some significant downsides to remaining in custody, a few of which are outlined below.
You May Lose Your Job
Depending on the nature of the crime you’re is being charged with, your employer may choose to fire you after hearing about the arrest. This can be particularly common in cases where a person is charged with a violent crime, such as assault. Even if an employer doesn’t outright fire you, being in custody will prevent you from showing up to work and can result in the same outcome.
You Could Get Ill
A large amount of people in a small enclosed space is a breeding ground for communicable diseases and bacterial infections. The longer a person is in jail, the more likely they are to catch something that another prisoner may be carrying. Outbreaks, like the recent COVID-19 pandemic, can be especially insidious.
Your Defense May Suffer
No matter where you are, whether in jail or at home, you will be able to work on your defense with your attorney. Building a defense takes time, whether you committed the crime you’re being accused with or not, and being in custody and only able to see your lawyer infrequently can inhibit their ability to build a counter-narrative to the prosecution.
All in all, obtaining your freedom via bail bond can keep you safer, allow you to continue living your life, and, in some cases, allow you to make preparations in your life if you expect to spend time in jail.