Like all other states, Massachusetts takes a serious approach to violent crimes, including domestic assault, abuse and violence in general. In the interest of protecting other residents and the community at large, courts and judges work to keep some violent offenders away from the public. However, getting out on bail is possible in some domestic violence cases.
According to Mass.gov, a bail magistrate is responsible for making decisions about bail. The magistrate will look at several factors before deciding whether to release a violent crime defendant on bail. These factors include the following.
- The possibility that you may try to flee from prosecution
- If you are already on parole or probation
- Whether or not you have a job
- If you live in the area or have family in the area
- Your previous arrests and criminal history
- If you have an established history of not showing up for court dates
- In cases of domestic violence, the magistrate must determine if your release will endanger alleged victims or other members of the community
With all that said, it is important to remember that bail is merely a way to ensure that you will appear for your court proceedings. It is not a form of punishment designed to increase your legal hardships. As such, it is certainly possible to be released on bail after an arrest on domestic abuse or other violent crimes.
A good way to increase your chances of a bail release is to engage a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. He or she will defend you against your charges and will also serve as an advocate to protect your rights.