After an arrest, many things may happen to you in your case. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, a written promise to appear to your related court hearings isn’t enough. Instead, the court will want a financial guarantee that you will appear in court in the form of bail. This is setting a financial amount to obtain your release from police custody. However, bail does not come without ties – if you promise to have bail, you are also promising that you will show up to court for every single one of your criminal proceedings. The amount will be returned to you if you show up to each of your hearings; however, if you do not show you will be forced to forfeit bail as well as be subject to arrest.
In many cases, you will first have an initial hearing where bail will be discussed with you. In these cases, they will decide whether or not they want to grant bail to you and what amount is appropriate. The bail hearing will consider your physical and mental condition, financial resources, family ties, history relating to drug and alcohol abuse, criminal history, and more. They may also impose restrictions on your release if they choose.
More About Obtaining Bonds
There are four ways that somebody can be released from custody on a bond. The ways include using a bondsman, posting cash for the full amount, using real property with the court, or the judge deciding to let you go on your own. So, how do bondsmen work, exactly? A bail bondsman works with a bail bonding agency and puts up a fee for the release of somebody who is on bail. They will usually charge a fee, about 10% or more, that is required to actually pay the bail. The bondsman will take out a security against the defendant in order to cover the cost of making bail. When the defendant doesn’t show up to court, the bondsman is then permitted to hire a bounty hunter or sue the defendant for the amount of money.
The bail bond system arose out of common laws over the years. You may be surprised that the idea of bail bonds has dated back to 13th century England! However, over the years bail bonds have evolved tremendously in the United States and will continue to evolve within their system. The system works quite well for all involved. Bondsmen will accept a variety of different types of collateral, such as real estate, cars, credit cards, stocks, jewelry, personal credit, bank accounts, and so much more.
Have you been arrested for a crime and believe that bail would help you accomplish bigger aspects of your case? Do you believe that you can keep the promise of arriving to court hearings when necessary? If you believe that bail is the best option for your case, speak to an experienced defense attorney today. Call us at The Law Office of Peter Blair for more information to get started.