Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed
The Inspiration for this provision was the past mistreatment many colonists had faced while still under British rule. Many people would get ridiculous fines for minor offenses in order to secure that they would not be able to pay them and have to serve jail time.
Whether the amount is excessive or not depends on the defendant’s personal wealth and the amount of money they are able to get access to through family ties and such.
If you want more info on how bail and fines can be calculated, you can get an example HERE!
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