How Bail Works

What is a bail bond?

A bail is some sort of property or money deposited or promised to the courts to persuade them to allow the suspect to be released until the trial date scheduled.  If the defendant does not appear on the scheduled court date there bail would be forfeited.  This type of transaction allows the defendant to be in a position where they are more likely to show up on the court date.  The bail amount is set typically by the bail schedule and in rare circumstances the bail rate could increase on the circumstance of the crime.  The judge will typically determine if bail is appropriate as well as determine if the bail amount needs to be increased. Some legislatures in certain states may not allow bail depending on the crime such capital crimes.

What are the types of bail bond?

Cash – a cash only bail is when the court will only accept cash from the defendant to process a bail.  The cash bail requires the defendant to post the total amount of the bail to be released.  When the cash is deposited to the courts they will hold the amount until the defendant arrives on the scheduled court date.  If the defendant fails to appear to court on the date scheduled they could forfeit their deposit.

Own Recognizance – this type of bail or promise is between the court and defendant that they will appear on the scheduled court date.  The court does not require the defendant to put any bail amount for an own recognizance.

Surety Bond – is when a third party such as a bail bond agency agrees to put the full amount upfront to the court at a fee for the defendant.  This fee can vary depending on the crime as well as from state to state.  It is important to ask the bail agency you are working with what these fees are and how they must be paid.

Property Bond – when a defendant requires a bail there is options to put up property in lieu of cash or in combination.  This property is typically given either to the court or bail agency who is processing the bail.  Once the defendant arrives to the court date scheduled they are typically given back the deed of the property. It is important to read the details of a property bond to ensure this process goes smoothly.

Discount on bail bond?

In some states they allow for discounts on bail depending on the situation.  If you are part of the Union, Military or being represented by a lawyer you could be eligible for a discount with the bail agency. It is important to ask the licensed bail bonds agency if there are any additional incentives for a discount if you are part of any of these organizations.

Rules When You Are Free On Bond

1. Report to the office when you are released

2. Make payments on time

3. Call in on your scheduled day

4. Notify us of any changes in address or contact info

5. Follow any court ordered guidelines

Please note that you must follow the specific written guidelines given to you by the Court and our office at the time of your release. Failure to follow rules may result in forfeiture of your bond and a warrant for your re-arrest.