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What is PreTrial Services?

When a criminal defendant is arrested and brought into the jail they are usually interviewed by someone from Pretrial Services.  The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) is in charge of the Pretrial Services and does the interview and investigation and risk assessment.  The point of the interview is to gain information about the defendant which can be used for purposes of determining the bond amount of the defendant.  Bond is the amount of money required to be posted so that the the defendant can be released on bail pending the trial of the action. The interview is confidential and between the Pretrial Officer and the Defendant.  After interview, the Pretrial officer will contact another person, generally a famiy member of the defendant, to verify the information given by the Defendant.  Once verified, bail is generally set.  Bail is set based on a number of factors, but most important is the contained in:

KRS 431.525 states that the amount of bail shall be:
(a) Sufficient to insure compliance with the conditions of release set by the court;
(b) Not oppressive;
(c) Commensurate with the nature of the offense charged;
(d) Considerate of the past criminal acts and the reasonably anticipated conduct of the defendant if released; and
(e) Considerate of the financial ability of the defendant.

The defendant may ask for bond review at any time during the process, but a change of circumstance should be noted after the original bond is set at arraignment.  The Pretrial Services will rate the defendant Low, Moderate or High based on the pretrial interview.  A skilled criminal defense attorney will be aware of all factors and present those that would indicate a low or OR (own recognizance) bond to the judge.  It is also helpful if the attorney knows the amount of bond that the defendant or his family can post so that he can be released pending trial. If you or a loved one has been arrested, contact an attorney as early as possible in the process.  In Boone, Campbell or Kenton counties, call Michael Bouldin at 581-MIKE, 859-581-6453 for a consultation.

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