When you are arrested because you’re suspected of a crime, you will probably be allowed by the judge to bail out of jail within hours. This allows you to live at home while you wait for your court dates, as long as you show up for all your scheduled hearings. If your bail is very high, you may need help from a bail bond agency. So, it might seem to make sense to stay in jail to avoid the bail cost. But, you should be aware that choosing to stay in jail for weeks, months, or even a year or more, during the criminal court process exposes you to many serious risks.
4 Dangers of Choosing To Stay in Jail
Staying in jail until your case reaches its final conclusion can have extreme consequences. Here are four major risks of choosing to stay in jail instead of going home on bail:
Your Defense Can Be Less Effective.
Your attorney will work with you to build the best possible defense. That may involve witness interviews, consultation with specialists, and other research. Your lawyer will handle the majority of the process on your behalf. However, you need to be available for frequent discussions. That is much harder to do when you’re locked in jail instead of out on bail at home.
The visiting periods in jail may be too limited. You may also become distracted by dealing with the sense of danger from other inmates. Or, you may become depressed and less motivated to focus on your defense.
You Can Lose Your Employment.
If your employer discovers that you’ve been arrested, you may lose your job, even if you’re innocent. An employer might terminate your employment due to the nature of the charges against you, such as theft, or violent crime. But, even if your boss is unaware of the arrest, unless you post bail, you’ll be absent from work for weeks or even months before your case is resolved.
If you’re in jail for such a long time during the criminal court process, your employer will likely need to get a replacement worker for your job. A severe consequence of the job loss is that you may be unable to pay for your defense. That outcome causes much greater stress and anxiety and can lead to depression and other unhealthy mental and emotional effects.
You May Accidentally Incriminate Yourself.
During the criminal court process, it is crucial that you do not say anything to anyone that could tend to incriminate you. That’s why the right to remain silent is so critical to your defense in a criminal case. Just a minor-seeming inconsistency in some insignificant-sounding comment or detail you’ve mentioned to a couple of different people can have a shocking impact on your case.
Simple comments you make can cause inmates or jail employees to be called as witnesses and undermine your chances of presenting a successful defense! If you stay in jail while waiting for your court date(s), remember that anything you say to anyone in jail may be used against you in court.
You May Become Sick in Jail.
One harsh reality in jail is that the longer you’re behind bars, the more exposure you’re getting to other people who are living in very tight spaces with you. Some minor contagions might not make you seriously ill. But, you are also at higher risk of contracting Hepatitis, COVID-19, or other extreme sicknesses in jail.
Further, enormous stress, anxiety, and depression are common for people who remain in jail for prolonged periods. These effects of incarceration can seriously impact your health. These unhealthy effects often lead to nausea, diarrhea, ulcers, sleep disorders, immune system issues, high blood pressure, headaches, weight changes, or other severe problems. Staying in jail longer makes people more vulnerable to such adverse health effects.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE ARRESTED
Getting arrested is a traumatic experience for most people. Choosing to stay in jail to wait for your court hearing date can make things much worse for you. It adds a high level of risk for mental, physical, and emotional health. It can also be damaging to your defense.
If you have been arrested, you should contact a bail bond company. Work with the bail bond agent to process your bail bond quickly, so you can get out of jail and go back to your regular routine at home, and work as fast as possible.
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