After compiling and augmenting the file with criminal record checking and an NCIC background they create the report in final. The report is a day in the life of, defendant. It will have your work history, locations you have lived, marital status, number of children and criminal record. Or it won't, because if you don't offer anything they will not have it. They will have your criminal record and they will be looking for outstanding warrants or keeping track of the number of times you did not appear in court when required. A little bench warrant on a traffic ticket can occasionally be crushing to your "flight risk" status.
Ultimately, the report will classify as Low, Medium or High Risk. Our Louisville Criminal Defense Attorney picks this report apart right away and makes it clear to the judge what true ramifications really exist. The Uniform Schedule of Bail for Misdemeanors are local rules that could apply, but often they do not. Most judges set bonds differently on such decisions as some judges will always set their bonds high. Some judges are the opposite, but what is certain is that each judge has a predictability that is useful knowledge to use to help your client. Most Judges make their own bond, some their trademark, and and they will be known for that. When talking to a criminal defense lawyer you need to inquire to the particular judge's bent. Does he take people in at arraignment? For instance, Judge Morris use to always set his bench warrant at arraignment court at $72,500. If someone told you their bond you could guess the Jefferson Circuit Felony Court or the reason they have a bond.
Jefferson Circuit Court has thirteen circuits, or courtrooms. All circuits and their respective judges behave differently, consistently, and often inconsistently from their own rulings going forward.
Requesting the pretrial report for bond reduction or other purposes is often useful, to the judge and yourself. If bringing a client up for bond reduction is important then you certainly want the Pretrial Report present. You want the report unless it is really bad, then depending on what the lawyer decides, you many not present the report if the report can really hurt you. Either way, if anyone takes the time it is information that can be regenerated by the prosecutor and judge on the fly. Well, at least the criminal record could be recreated. The pretrial report's information could outweigh its detriment such as showing you were born in Louisville, went to school, worked and currently lived here.
You all will have to make the call unless it is first arraignment from jail. If it is the first arraignment, from jail, get the pretrial report from the County Clerk in the court room. Read through the whole report and know what you need to bolster and diffuse. If in jail, first arraignment, the pretrial report will be present and you cannot dodge it.