This agency was established in December of 1970. In March of 1984 Lehigh Valley Pretrial Services, Inc., was designated the Court Bail Agency for Lehigh County in order to provide bail supervision and bail recommendations.
The Mission of Lehigh Valley Pretrial Services, Inc. is to administer the bail system in Lehigh County as established by Local Rule of Court: to investigate and provide recommendations concerning the bail risk of defendants; to monitor defendants released on bail supervision; and to inform the Court of any breach of conditions of release. This is provided mindful of the law, due process, and the rights of defendants, but also with a firm commitment to respect the needs and concerns of the citizens of our community.
Conditions of Pretrial Supervision
At the time of arrest the Issuing Authority (Magisterial District Judge) or Common Pleas Judge may decide to include a condition of Pretrial Supervision with one of the following types of bail:
A release that requires a written agreement to appear in Court as required and to comply with all bail conditions imposed. No money or security is required for deposit.
A release requiring a written agreement to be liable for the sum of money set as bail if a failure to appear for Court or non-compliance of bail conditions occurs. No money or security is required for deposit.
A release whereby, the cost of security can be One Dollar ($1) when the bail bond is signed, with the agreement that the designated person, organization, or bail agency must act as surety for the defendant.
A release requiring the posting of money or security, and an agreement to comply with all conditions of bail. The amount needed for posting is 10% of the total amount set. 70% of the 10% deposit is returned to the designated person who acted as surety for the defendant.
LVPTS supervises all 10% bails that are posted. You must report within 24 hours of release to LVPTS for an interview and supervision.
Facts you need to know:
Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas, 455 West Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA 18101-1614 • (610) 782-3000