Can the judge lower the bail of a felony

Asked over 1 year ago - Milwaukee, WI

hes going to court for beating up an elderly and at first his bail was 1,000 now they have raised it to 4,000 can the judge lower that

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  1. Craig R. Johnson

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    Answered . Yes, the Judge can lower (or raise) the bail. His lawyer will file a motion for bail modification. Bail is set based on a number of factors, most importantly any information that will assure a Judge that he is a good bet to show up for future court dates. Although bail is supposed to be set at the least amount that is necessary to assure the defendant's appearance in court, the seriousness of the charge also plays a big role. He should consult his lawyer to discuss these things, as they are very case-specific.

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  2. George A. Limbeck

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    Answered . Yes, judges have the authority over bail every day the case is pending. The attorney should consider the individual judge, prior record (especially looking for past bail jumpings or warrants issued for failure to appear at past court hearings) and all other facts relevant to whether a person is a "flight risk" in deciding whether and when to file a bond modification motion.

  3. Charles K. Kenyon Jr.

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    Answered . Yes. The judge can lower the bail, or raise it. He needs to be talking with his lawyer about this. If you have information that would help with that, don't post it here, get it to his lawyer.

    Each judge, and each prosecution, is different. Results turn very much on individual facts.

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