The Eighth Amendment protects against excessive bail, but there is no constitutional right to bail. A judge may refuse to set bail for risky offenders, or those accused of serious crimes such as murder. Most offenders are able to post bond while awaiting trial or disposition of their case. The amount of bail depends on the crime; the more serious the crime, the higher the bail amount. Not everyone accused of a crime can afford bail money, which can run into the hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of dollars. ...

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