When someone is charged with a crime, he or she must typically make an appearance in court to have bail set. While many individuals are given reasonable bail or are released on their own recognizance, sometimes bail is set unreasonably high. Generally, a judge will set a high bail if the individual is a flight risk or poses a danger to the community. For a Hackensack man who was recently charged with beating his wife to death, a judge has set his bail at $2 million because of past allegations of domestic violence.
The 65-year-old man, however, does not have a criminal record, which means that he has never been convicted of harming his wife. Although he may have previously faced allegations of abuse, it was never proven that he hurt his wife. Yet that didn’t stop the judge from setting an excessive bail.
Even if a criminal defense lawyer is able to clear a person’s name after being charged with domestic violence, the accusation may tarnish the individual’s reputation for years after the trial. If he or she ever faces a new charge, that accusation could come to haunt him or her while trying to defend his or her name.
The man at the center of this story is accused of fatally injuring his wife three months ago. He says, however, that he and his wife were having a quarrel which turned into a shoving match, during which his wife fell down the stairs, striking her head.
Unless this man can come up with the money for bail, he will spend the time until he goes to trial waiting in jail.
Source: The Record, “Judge refuses to cut $2 million bail in Hackensack slaying,” Kibret Markos, Feb. 3, 2014