Where can I pay bail and how much will bail cost?

>>>Where can I pay bail and how much will bail cost?

Bail can be paid at any bail hearing office in the province of Alberta (ie, any courthouse in Alberta). For example, if you are located in Edmonton and would like to pay bail for someone who is detained in Calgary, you can go to the Edmonton bail hearing office and make a payment. Bail hearing offices in major centres like Calgary and Edmonton are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also make a bail payment at a Remand Centre prior to 8:30PM. If you are detained and would like to pay your own bail, you can make a payment after you go in front of the Justice of the Peace from an RCMP station, or the Arrest Processing Unit.

The really challenging situation is asking someone from outside the province to pay bail in Alberta. At present, the only way to do this is through CIBC. You will need to know the name and Offender Records and Correctional Administration “ORCA” System number of the person in custody. You will also need to know the bank transit number for the Edmonton, Calgary, or other remand facility where the person is being held.

How the cost of bail is determined, and how you can lower the cost of your bail

The amount of bail you will be required to pay prior to your release is determined by the seriousness of your charges, your criminal record, and the strength of your release plan. The purpose of the bail is to act as a cash bond with the state that will compel you to appear in Court once you’re released, go through the court system, and eventually present yourself for trial. If your charges are more serious, your cash bail will be higher to prevent you from fleeing to avoid facing your charges. If you have a criminal record which may increase the severity of the sentence that you would receive if convicted, your cash bail will be higher. If you have a history of not complying with court orders, your cash bail amount will also likely be increased accordingly.

If these aggravating factors are not present, it is possible that you will be released on your own recognizance, meaning a stipulated bail amount that you are not required to deposit. It typically ranges from $2,000-$5,000, and you are not required to pay that money unless you breach the conditions of your recognizance or do not appear for court as required.

If you cannot afford the cost of bail, you may be able to get it lowered by developing a strong release plan with the assistance of one of our criminal defence lawyers. Our lawyers will be able to use their experience in conducting bail hearings to assist you with your release plan, and to present your best case for a lower cash bail.

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All our 30-60 minute free consultations are conducted with one of our Criminal Defence Lawyers and include the following steps:

  1. Gathering of some personal information about you, such as your level of education, occupation, and citizenship status. This information can be crucial for building your defence and seeking a resolution with the Crown Prosecutor;
  2. Careful review of all documents you received from the police. We will explain what each document is, and what you can expect from and need to do for all upcoming appearances;
  3. Critical review of your recollection of events, and any supporting materials you choose to bring with you. This step helps us identify possible defences and avenues for further investigation; and
  4. Discussion of the court process, our fee structure, and what we can do to help.

Beyond these steps, we would be happy to tell you more about us, and answer any questions you may have. If you chose to retain us to help you, we will immediately provide an overview of what steps we plan to take next, and suggestions as to what you should do to improve your chances of a successful outcome.

For the free initial consultation to be as productive as possible, you should bring (or email in advance) the following materials:

  • A written statement (preferably typed) outlining your version of events;
  • All documents that you have been given by the court or by the police;
  • Any disclosure you have received;
  • Photo ID; and
  • Any supporting documents, such as photographs, emails, texts, phone records, medical records, receipts, etc.

Ideally, you will have prepared a copy of these materials for us to keep, but if not, we can always photocopy them during the consultation.

We offer flexible payment options and structures designed to meet our clients’ individual needs. Our lawyers accept all major credit cards, bank drafts, money orders, email money transfers (e-transfers) and, of course, cash.

If you decide to retain us after the free initial consultation, all we need is a retainer (down payment) to get started. The rest of the fee payments for the case can be spaced out over time. We can set you up on a monthly or bi-monthly payment plan, and process payments over the telephone or by email to make it easy for you.

The cost of a criminal defence lawyer will depend on several factors, including:

  1. how complex your case is,
  2. how serious the charges are, and
  3. how experienced the Criminal Defence lawyer is.

The fees of a competent Criminal Defence Lawyer will typically range into the thousands of dollars. The good news is that only a fraction of that amount is due initially. We offer flexible payment schedules so thefees can be paid in monthly installments.

Additionally, we offer flat rate fees, with no hidden costs. It is our standard practice to review all the costs during the free initial consultation. This means you will know exactly what our services cost at the outset and can make an informed decision about how to proceed.