The last thing you want to do is spend time behind bars while you await the resolution of a court case. Individuals who are arrested and charged with a crime often have the ability to bail themselves out of jail.
Certain conditions apply to the bail process, and you must agree to abide by the court's rules while you are out on bail. It can be helpful to have an understanding of the different types of bail available to you so that you will be able to rely on the bail option best suited to meet your needs.
1. Cash Bail
The most straightforward type of bail is a cash bail. Bail schedules are often set by statute for minor crimes.
If you have been arrested for a misdemeanor or cited for an infraction, the bail amount you are required to pay to secure your release from jail will probably be relatively low. You can pay this amount in full to obtain your freedom while you await trial. Any bail that is paid in full by the individual who has been arrested is known as a cash bail.
2. Surety Bond
Individuals charged with a serious crime may find that their bail amount is too high to pay in full. For these individuals, a surety bond is the best option. A surety bond is typically issued by a bail bonds agency.
You (or a friend or relative) will be responsible for paying a percentage of the total amount of bail to the bondsman or the bail bonds agency. The bondsman or agency will then put up the remainder of the bail on your behalf.
As long as you show up for scheduled court appearances, the money put up by the bondsman will be returned to him or her. If you fail to show up for a court appearance, the bail bond company can collect from you or your loved one.
3. Property Bond
A judge has a lot of discretion when it comes to setting bail amounts for serious crimes. If the judge feels that you are a flight risk or feels that you have an extensive criminal history, the bail amount for your case can be set quite high.
You may not have the financial resources required to pay the percentage of the bail required by a bondsman. You can put up a home or piece of land as collateral for a high bail amount via a property bond.
For more information, contact a bail bonds agency.