We can imagine getting into a bit of trouble and having to face the judge. We have all heard perhaps on television or in our own lives, “bail is set at $10,000″ Although the amount of bail varies, the emotion that comes with these words are often the same. What is Bail, How is it set? Worries about making bail and fear of not being able to raise the funds needed to secure freedom. Before these words are heard, There is often confusion about the amount of bail and all the legalities that come with it. This article will answer some of those questions, give you the tools you need to evaluate and obtain a bail bond and give you peace of mind that you are not alone and you have options.
One of the biggest questions defendants have is what is a bail bond? A bail bond is a monetary assurance for your appearance in court after you are released. The amount of your bond is calculated by many factors including, but not limited to, your flight risk, or your means of leaving the area and going on the run. Your assets and personal connections outside the area are some of the considerations taken when calculating a flight risk. Along with that, the severity of your crime, the treat you pose to society and the amount of money you currently have are also taken into account.
Now that you are aware of the amount of your bail, what are the conditions you are under, and what does the money do? If you are unable to pay out of pocket for your bail, you may contact a bail bonds agency such as Jacks bail bonds to help you secure your funds. Often times, you may be required to put up collateral such as a car, home or other sell able item to insure if you do not show for court, that can be used to pay your bail. Another option is a co-signer. This is a personal guarantee that the defendant will make all commitments to appear before the court at all hearings until the case is settled.
Once all commitments to appear before the court are met, the bail liability is released. If the defendant does not meet the commitment, the bail is forfeited and the court retains the fee. If you used a bail bondsman, they are empowered to collect the fee from the collateral provided or obtain it by seeking it through the personal guarantee of the cosigner.
There are different types of bail bonds, each covering different levels of offences. State, federal and immigration bail bonds. The Stat Bail Bond is an agreement between the defendant, court and bondsman that the defendant will appear before the court for all required commitments. The Federal Bail Bond is the same as state, however, it is specified for a federal criminal offence. Other restrictions and conditions may be assessed in a federal bail bond. This will be decided in a criminal court. The last type of bail bond is an Immigration bond. This is more like a federal bail bond in that it is an assurance to the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (ICE).
It is a very stressful and very confusing time in ones life to be faced with any criminal proceeding. It is important to stay calm and remain hopeful. There are people who have been in your situation and professionals who know how to help you with dignity and respect. If you find you need help, or want more information, please do not hesitate to give Jack a call at 818-847-7616.