Bail and release from custody
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This article last updated
February 2, 2008.
Bail can be crucial to the defence of a criminal
charge. Without it, an accused person may lose his job and the
income needed to fund a defence.
Often custody makes it more difficult for
an accused to participate in preparing his or her defence. Custody
also prevents the accused from pursuing rehabilitation that can
help to reduce sentence if a finding of guilt is made or even assist in getting the Crown to drop charges.