The courts or judge will not be determining if you are guilty or innocent. The hearing is to establish the bail.

The determination is if the defendant will behave properly if released and will cooperate fully and show up for all court appearances. Most of the time bail is set based on a standard schedule based on what you were charged with when arrested and the seriousness of the crime.

Some courts are using a more advanced calculator that use algorithms to set bail that will take into account age, criminal history, and risk level. The bail hearing tends to be more informal. Both parties (prosecution and defense) will be heard and witnesses can even be called. The defendant will have the opportunity to hear and respond to the charges and presentation the municipality makes. The bail hearing is open to the public.

You may have an attorney represent you at a bail hearing also. I am sure you can see the benefits of having a criminal defense attorney to argue the issue of bail. Your attorney may also arrange for family members or friends to show up in court, as a roommate, to reassure the court that the defendant will have a place to go to if released.

The judge can also lower the bail or require no bail for defendant to be released. The judge may also set higher or not allow for bail (defendant will remain locked up while awaiting trial) if they think defendant is a flight risk or has missed several court appearances in the past. Another point of consideration for the judge is if the defendant will commit any other crimes while awaiting trial. Failing to appear or abide by judges orders may result in forfeiture of bail so higher bail.