What Are Bail Bonds

Jail is not a place you ever want to be. However, as life may have it, you might find yourself spending the night in a county jail. It can get worse if you have to stay behind bars pending the outcome of a protracted case. Luckily, there is an option of staying out of jail until you are proven guilty. To gain temporary freedom, you need to apply for a bond as you wait for the case to be concluded.

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Types of bonds:

Cash bond

With a cash bond, you will be granted bail as soon as you deposit the total amount of the bond. The hurdle here is how quickly you can raise the full amount as some bonds may cost thousands of dollars. However, networking with family and friends can help get you the money in a short period of time. You won’t have to worry about accumulating any debt because the full amount of the bond will be refunded to you at the end of the case.

Cash percentage bond

This kind of bond is similar to the cash bond; only that ten percent of the amount is required to grant you freedom. If you happen to violate the conditions of this bond, the state can raise the balance by putting a lien on your property and getting you re-arrested.

Surety bond

This type of bond requires the services of a bail bondsman who will pay for you to get out. This is the most popular type of bond. The bondsman typically receives ten percent of the bond amount as their fee.

Person recognizance bond

This bond will not require you to dig into your pockets because it does not need any cash payment. The judge may allow you to get out of jail on if he or she feels that you pose no threat to the general public. This type of bond applies only to minor offenses. Do not expect a personal recognizance bond if you are accused of a serious crime.

An arrest can be a very traumatizing experience, regardless of whether you have committed the crime or not. Therefore, it is very important to understand the process of bonding in case this ever happens. Hopefully this page provided enough info to help you if you get yourself into some trouble. If not, view our page on types of lawyers to determine what kind of attorney you might need if you are in trouble.