What Is a Dangerousness Hearing?

If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, you might have heard of a dangerousness hearing. A hearing will depend on the trial and the crime you are accused of committing. It also depends on the county you live in and if you have a previous criminal record. 

During a dangerousness hearing, the defendant might be held for a period of three to seven days. It will depend on the scheduling of the hearing. Many people choose to hire a criminal defense lawyer during this time. 

Everything You Need to Know About Dangerousness Hearings 

A dangerousness hearing is when the state requests a judge to hold a defendant without bail for 120 days. It will be the judge’s decision whether they will do a pretrial or not. Judges will use many different things to decide whether they want to do a dangerousness hearing or not. 

They include:

  • The seriousness of the alleged crime
  • If you are considered a danger to the community or not 
  • How strong your family ties are and what you do for work 
  • If you have mental illness or not 
  • If you have a criminal record and the crimes you may have committed 

Many district attorneys will request dangerousness hearings if you are on your third or fourth offense. Dangerousness hearings determine if the person can receive bail or not. They will also allow the judge to see your case and the crimes you are charged with. 

At the hearing, they will determine if you are considered safe enough to be released. Most of the time you will have a dangerousness hearing if you are facing charges for a violent felony or domestic violence crime. Sometimes there will be witnesses included, and sometimes there will not be. 

What Happens After a Dangerousness Hearing? 

If you are found to be considered dangerous, the court will not allow you to post bail. This means you will have to stay in jail until the time of your trial or until another arrangement is made. 

You might also be held without bail if someone poses a risk to you. This might be true if there was someone else involved in the crime or if the court knows someone might be looking for you to injure you. 

If your allegations involve abuse, you might also be considered dangerous. 

If you are not considered to be dangerous, you will be able to post bail and leave the jail. If you can’t pay the bail, you will still be in jail. Reach out to a lawyer for help with bail and jail release issues.

Contact a Lawyer for Your Dangerousness Hearing 

Many people choose to partner with a lawyer before their hearing to try to get a more favorable outcome. A lawyer with Chicago Trusted Attorneys™ can help negotiate with the judge, help you navigate your hearings, and help answer your questions

For more information and to claim a free consultation, call 312-519-3171 or fill out the form below.