While most people don’t break the law on purpose, you never know what’s ahead of you. There can be times when you might need a bail, for yourself or for someone you know and care about, and you will need to know about the process of getting a bail and the options the law offers someone accused of crime.
Understanding How the Bail Process Works
Once a person is arrested, they can go through a process that allows them to be released from jail, in exchange for a certain amount of money (called getting a bail). You can also get a bail if you pledge your property and sometimes even a promise of attending the court hearing can get you a bail.
The bail amount is usually set at an amount considering several factors such as the crime, the financial resources of the accused person, their criminal record etc. Basically, it is set as an amount that would convince the person to come for their trial in order to get their refund.
The bail serves as a guarantee that you will attend your court trials on time. Irrespective of whether the court charges you innocent or guilty, the bail will be refunded to you if you have attended all the trials you were called for. The amount or property you signed as collateral on your bail will be forfeited if you fail to attend your trial.
Getting out of jail without a bail (legally)
Sometimes, the court allows you to get a bail without taking a bail. This happens when the judge thinks that your crime was not very serious, or does not consider you to be a threat to anyone outside and that they consider you to have a good reputation and that you will attend the court trial without the need of a bail or go out of station before the trial. This is called Released on your own recognizance.
Considering the different kinds of bail bonds
If you work with a bail bondsman, they will tell you of the different kinds of bail bonds that vary with the seriousness of the crime and the judgment by officials. Some of the different types of bail bonds are:
· Surety Bond: The bond is paid for by the insurance companies. Agents working with insurance companies provide financial backing to the bonds.
· Property Bond: If the accused person owns a house, a plot of land or any other property, then they can sign their property as collateral on the bail instead of paying for their bail in cash. If they fail to attend the trial at court then the property they have signed on their bail will be forfeited by the court.
· Immigration Bond: Sometimes, when an accused person may be granted bail on immigration bond. This means that they will not be allowed to leave the city until the all the court trail is complete.
· Cite Out: This is when an officer catches you doing something illegal but does not arrest you. Instead, they will issue a citation that requires you to appear in court at a certain date instead of taking you to jail.
This information may be useful in case you need to get a bail or if you want to advice someone on bails.