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Making bail can help improve outlook on trial, life

Though the bail reform acts passed in 1966 and 1984 were designed to prevent people charged with a crime from having to pay excessive bail while awaiting a trial, the opposite is often true. A new law set to go in effect in 2020 in New York aims to change this. Under the new law, no bail will be set for people accused of misdemeanors and non-violent crimes. Without bail, these individuals may have a better chance of winning their case.

When a person cannot make bail in Georgia, they have to wait in jail until the trial date. Often the time they wait in jail for trial takes a longer amount of time than the maximum sentence that is set for the alleged crime. Because of this, accused individuals may feel pressured to plead guilty to a crime he or she didn't commit in order to reduce their sentence.

After the new law begins in New York in January 2020, criminal defense experts estimate that the number of people in jail will be reduced by 90 percent. While awaiting trial, the individuals can work to better their circumstances by working, going to rehabilitation, getting an education, serving the community and spending time with friends and family. Doing so can improve the chance of them winning their case by showing the court that they are determined to change and better their lives.

When detained for a crime, it's important to have fair representation in order to ensure that bail isn't set for an excessive amount. A criminal defense lawyer may be able to argue that the bail recommended by the prosecution is too much. In this case, a person who received a fair bail amount might be able to pay it and continue to work while awaiting the trial.

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