6 ways to ensure you never get bail
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The 6 things you must never do, if you want bail.
When you are suspected of committing a crime and the police come knocking to arrest you, it is a very stressful time. There are a number of things you should never do, if you want bail.
Some of the issues seems very logical and need no explanation. However we encounter these issues in practice, every single day, as unbelievable as it may seem. So let's get on with it, without any further ado...
1. Give a false name
Nothing screams you have something to hide like giving a false name. Once the police get wind of the fact that you are hiding something, they will come digging. Also, you can be guaranteed that your bail will now become an opposed bail application in court, as the police have no idea what other surprises are awaiting them.
Avoid all of this. Give your real names. Even if it means that you are going to face some music. At least you can face the music with honesty. It will be much easier to solve your bail problem with honesty than it will be to solve it after the police have been uncovering lie upon lie.
DON’T : Lie about your names, even if you have things to hide.
2. Give a false address
Giving a false address is just a plain bad idea. Providing a false address will create the impression that you want to run away from the court and that you are just waiting to be released from custody then you are gone. The police will verify your address – rest assured, that will happen.
The same applies to an incorrect address. If you unsure where you stay, then reveal that to the police. Offer to show where you stay, or have a family member come back with the correct street number or details.
The court wants to know that if you do not return to court, the police will know where to go and look for you. The address you provide will be verified, so give an accurate address.
DON’T: Give incorrect or false addresses.
3. Try to run or hide away
The sole purpose of bail is ensure that an accused person comes back to court and stands his trial. In other words not run away. So if you run away or hide from the police when you know the police are looking for you, you are telling the police , and the court for that matter, that you are a serious flight risk.
If the court considers you a flight risk, the court will never give you bail . You will stay in custody until your case is finalized.
Do not kill your chances of being released on bail before you were even released on bail. Upon hearing the police are looking for you, report to the police or get your bail attorney to contact the investigating officer who is looking for you and make arrangements on your behalf.
DON’T : Run away or hide.
4. Make the process difficult for the police
If you make things difficult for the police, unnecessarily – the police will make things difficult for you –unnecessarily. It is important to distinguish between necessary processes and the merits of the case.
Going with the police and providing personal information is necessary and you should co-operate. Once the police start asking about the crime and want answers or require you to point out things to them, that is when you first speak to your criminal lawyer.
You are totally within your rights not to incriminate yourself and to ask that your criminal lawyer be present before you answer questions in respect of the crime itself.
DON’T: Make things difficult for the police, unnecessarily
5. Threaten the police or witnesses
An arrest is a stressful exercise. Understandably you will be upset for being arrested. Dealing with it in a violent way by assaulting the police of threatening them or a witness for that matter, is a total no-no.
One of the important factors the court considers on bail is to show that you are no threat to the witnesses or the criminal justice system. Threatening the police or witnesses counts against you and if serious enough the court may refuse to set bail for you. This is something you do not want.
DON’T: Assault or threaten witnesses or the police.
6. Hide away evidence or obstruct investigation
Engaging actively in the destruction of evidence or the hiding thereof can cause serious problems if you get caught. The police will use this to oppose your release on bail. The court in likelihood, if it accepts this evidence will refuse to set bail for you.
In firearms cases for example the police know whether you own a firearm or not. They have a database with all this information. If the police ask if you own a firearm, and you do, tell them you do. Do not try to lie about it – they already knew the answer when they came asking. Lying will just mess with your freedom.
DON’T: Obstruct the investigation or deceive the police