Does it ever happen that someone can be arrested so many times that they can’t get out of jail anymore?
Yes. When it comes to getting out of jail on bond, each person’s situation is handled differently, within the bounds of certain parameters. After a person gets arrested, a judge will review the case along with a pretrial release representative. The judge will decide that the bail amount will be, if he or she decides that a bail is possible for the defendant and for the crime that the defendant is accused of committing.
In the event that a judge reviews a case and sees that a defendant has either committed the same crime multiple times or that the defendant has an extensive criminal history, the judge may decide not to release the defendant on bail. The circumstances may be different for defendants that have to deal with different judges in different counties as well.
Keep in mind that when a person gets out of jail on bail, the judge is basically stating that he or she believes there is a reasonable enough chance that the person will return to court to stand trial for the crime he or she has been accused of committing. In the majority of cases, if a person is released on bail, there is a higher percent chance that the person will return to court for trial than if the person had been released on his or her own recognizance.
However, if a judge determines that, even though a person might return to court in order to stand trial, the person would not be safe walking around amongst the public, then the judge might deny bail. For example, if a person has been arrested multiple times for the same crime, it could be deduced that the person has not learned a lesson. If the crime is something like creating bodily injury to someone, then the judge could decide that the risk is too great to let the person out on bail.
As such, there is no set amount of times that a person can be arrested and be denied bail. However, there are situations in which a person can be arrested so many times that they have to serve an increased sentence in prison or jail if they are convicted of a crime. Depending on the crime, the person may be eligible for parole or release from jail though.
Every case truly is different. That’s why it’s nearly impossible to affirm blanket statements such as the number of times a person can get arrested before bail is automatically denied.