What is Bail, and How Does It Affect My Arrest?

When someone is arrested, they may be required to put up cash or property to ensure they are present in court when needed. If the defendant fails to appear, the court keeps the bail and issues an arrest warrant.

The first thought that comes to mind is often how to get out of jail quickly. Posting bail is usually the easiest way to do this. Bail is often the best way out when you’re locked up behind bars and want to get out soon. Bail agents work with everyone.

How do Judges Determine It?

If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, your first concern is the time spent in jail. Facing these charges and the uncertainty of a trial can be overwhelming. So, with that stated, how is it set?

Bail is the amount of money you pay to the Clerk in order to be released from jail while awaiting trial. Judges set the amount that an individual must pay to be released, and, often, pre-specify the amounts for common crimes.

When a person is arrested, they can often leave jail quickly by paying the amount outlined in the bail schedule. And, depending on circumstances… if a suspect cannot pay the posted amount, the suspect can ask the judge to lower it.

In these cases, you might require a bondsman.

What is a Bail Bondsman?

A bail bondsman is a person who is licensed and bonded to provide professional supervision and release these bonds at any time. A bail bond is, essentially, an insurance contract. You pay the bondsman their “premium” (usually about 10% of the total bond) and they post a promise to pay the Clerk should the defendant fail to appear for court. The bondsman does not pay actual cash to the Clerk until the failure to appear.

If there is a failure to appear, the bondsman will try to locate the defendant to return him to jail in hopes of getting their cash back. Hence, we have bounty hunters.

Conditional Bail

Depending on the alleged crime, the judge has the power to order a suspect released to their own home or to require that the suspect be released subject to certain conditions. These conditions include where the person must live and what they can do while on bail. If the requirements aren’t followed, it could be revoked, and the person could go to jail.

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