The right to post bond is a fundamental constitutional right in Oklahoma and in the United States. The state and federal constitutions alike state that “Excessive bail shall not be required…” But does that mean everybody has a right to post a bail bond in Tulsa? Not exactly.
Odds are, if you are arrested, you will have a constitutionally guaranteed right to bond out. That’s because most people are arrested on relatively minor charges. You have a right to bond in those cases. In fact, your bond amount in those cases is usually predetermined according to amounts the courts have already set for that offense.
There are some charges, however, that might disqualify you from getting a bail bond. As the odds go, you will not be jailed on first degree murder charges. If you are accused of murder in the first degree, your chance of getting a bail bond in Tulsa diminish significantly.
Likewise, if you are arrested on charges of any violent crime, of any drug crime that carries more than a 10 year sentence on conviction, any crime that could lead to life in prison, or any felony at all if you’ve been previously convicted of two felonies, your chances of getting out on bond are not as great.
The reason is that the Oklahoma constitution in 1989 was revised to allow judges to hold people convicted for those crimes without bond. It does not say they must hold them without bond, but they can, maybe.
The constitutional provision that says some people can be denied bond also says they can only be denied bond when no conditions of release would protect the public. It also requires that the presumption of their guilt is “great” and that proof of their guilt is “evident.”
If you are charged with any offense that could result in the court denying bond, you probably need an attorney to put on a bond hearing where the court can be persuaded that you are not a risk to the community. That could include some form of house arrest or intensive monitoring – perhaps with an ankle bracelet.
It is not unthinkable that you could be arrested for a crime on the no bond list. You could be riding a car with someone who was holding a large amount of drugs – without your knowledge. You could be inadvertently implicated in a bar fight that leads to violent felony charges. Until you prove your innocence, you will need to deal with a potentially high barrier to bonding out.
More likely, the barriers to posting bond in Tulsa you might face are more mundane. Badass Bail Bonds can work with you to overcome those barriers. Our bondsman can talk with you about financing a bond, or creative ways to provide collateral if you must back up a large bond.
To find out how you or someone you know can get out on bond even when the odds are stacked against you, contact Badass Bail Bonds anytime 24/7 for a free consultation. Our bond agent is eager to work with you. There is usually a way to bond out of jail. We know. It’s what we do.
For a free, no obligation Tulsa bail bond consultation or to get started with posting a bail bond in Tulsa or anywhere in Eastern Oklahoma’s Green Country, contact Badass Bail Bonds now at (918) 932) 2888.