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WHAT IS BAIL?

The Maine and United States Constitutions provide an absolute right to bail in most criminal cases. The only non-bailable offenses in Maine are Murder, and other so-called "capital" crimes. All other crimes qualify for bail. The purpose of bail is to ensure the presence of the defendant for trial.

Most first time criminal defendants are entitled to personal recognizance bail. Bail for defendants with criminal records of serious crimes is generally set higher because they face a harsher sentence, and they have greater pressure to not appear for trial.

The District Attorney's Office may request other bail conditions (such as to have no contact with certain persons) depending upon the charge and the defendant. If you think special conditions are needed in a case involving you, contact a Victim/Witness Advocate.