Can Rich People Really Avoid Jail?

Posted by John D'Intino Jr.Jul 01, 20220 Comments

If you commit a crime, can you avoid jail time if you're wealthy? Well, while it may seem like rich people can buy their way out of jail, the reality is that your best chance of avoiding jail time is having quality legal representation – here's why.

Can You Pay to Get Out of Jail?

If you can afford bail, then yes—which is why it often seems like wealthier people can “buy” their way out of jail.

  • Defendants who can't afford bail face spending weeks or months behind bars, which means they may be more likely to accept a plea deal that is not in their best interests and involves jail time.
  • Wealthier individuals are less likely to feel pressured into accepting a plea deal, so they have a better chance of avoiding jail time entirely.

There's an exception, though: non-bailable offenses.

Non-Bailable Offenses

In PA, defendants are entitled to bail unless:

  • They're charged with a capital crime such as capital murder; or
  • The evidence against the defendant is very strong, and imprisonment is the only way to protect public safety.

When it comes to non-bailable offenses, there's no distinction between rich and poor defendants.

Can a Criminal Defense Attorney Help the Rich Avoid Jail?

While it's true that wealthier individuals can usually pay bail, this is no guarantee they will avoid jail.

That's why it's so important to hire a criminal defense attorney. An experienced attorney understands how the justice system works and can anticipate what tactics the prosecution will use against you. Whether it's having the charges reduced, e.g., dropping a felony to a misdemeanor, or dismissed entirely, a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer can help reduce or prevent jail time.

Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney in Philadelphia Now

No matter how much money you have, you deserve quality legal representation.

If you've been charged with a crime and need an attorney, look no further than the D'Intino Law Firm. As an experienced criminal defense attorney, John D'Intino will do everything possible to secure the best outcome for you. Call him today at (267) 491-9111 to arrange a free case evaluation or request a meeting online.