How Does Bonding Someone Out of Jail Work?
Bail refers to cash or property that is paid to a court to secure the release of a defendant.
If a person is released on bail depends on the nature of the crime they have been charged with. Bail is granted in the beginning or after the case is filed in many states. A judge must decide whether a person poses a flight risk or will have to report to an organization or undergo electronic surveillance in jail. The judge can decide to deny bail in certain circumstances and may also require specific bond or property.
If a person is released under bail, the judge often requires that the person who posted the bond abide by "conditions of release." The conditions could be violated and the defendant may be subject to the possibility of being detained again or even return to jail. You must abide by "all laws" and not contact the person who was arrested. The person who is responsible for paying the bail may be a family member or a friend. They must appear in court within 45 calendar days following the release.
Bail is fixed at any misdemeanor, and for any E Felony
A judge usually sets bail for a person who is in custody. The severity of the crime will determine the bail amount needed. The defendant can make bail payments in cash, through bail bondsman or through the placement of collateral. Once the bail is posted, the person is freed from custody. It is important to realize that bail may not be sufficient. Certain misdemeanors may need lower bail sums.
The conditions for posting bail
If you make a bail payment to let someone out of jail, you agree to the terms of the defendant's release. You may be asked to avoid contact with the victim or take part in alcohol or drug rehabilitation programs. It is also possible to ask for them to follow a general prohibition against breaking the law, like not leaving the county, or associating with other defendants. You'll have to send them back to the jail until they are tried.
It is common to post bail using cash or bail bonds issued by insurance companies. If you are unable to pay the full amount, you may use your credit card to pay. If you don't have a credit or debit card, you can use your debit card. You can't make use of personal checks for bail payments, however. Cash payments can be made in person in the jail.
The cost of bail posting
If you're thinking of posting bail to get the person out of jail, take into consideration the cost and risks involved. Bail bondman fees typically range between 10 to 15% of the bail amount therefore if you're making bail payments to reduce costs, it could be worthwhile to consider the service that charges the client a fee of 10. The fee is non-refundable so be sure to weigh all possibilities.
Bail is often set at $10,000 by the police. But, you are able to choose to pay less or even place it yourself. If you are able to afford the money, you could place it with the court clerk or the jail. This money would then be returned to you upon the conclusion of the court case. A bail bondsman will usually charge 10 percent of the bail sum. The company will then charge you another $1,000. This charge is added to the interest rate on your loan.
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