Three Main Types of Bail
After being arrested a person will remain in jail until they are arraigned. The general purpose of the arraignment process is to advise the defendant of the charges against them and to set a bail amount for their particular case. The amount of the bail and the bail options for the defendant will depend on the laws where they were arrested and their previous criminal record. In most cases, there are three main ways to be released on bail in the US.
The first type of bond is allotted most often to first time offenders who have been arrested on nonviolent charges. It is called a personal recognizance (PR) bond and this means that the court will release the defendant on their word that they will come to their scheduled court dates and not commit any crimes while out on bail. This bond usually carries no fee for the defendant, making it the most ideal way to get out of jail, if it is allowed in your jurisdiction.
Another way to get out of jail on bond is to pay the full cash amount, called a cash bond. This means that a person must put up all of the money for the defendant's bond, which can be in the tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. After the case is resolved the person who put up the money will get it back, often minus a small admin fee. Sometimes, property or other items of value can be used as collateral.
Perhaps the most common way to get a defendant out of jail on bond is by using what is called a surety bond, often referred to simply as a bail bond. This is a bond in which a third party agrees to assume responsibility for the defendant appearing in court. However, a fee of about 10 percent of the total bail amount must be first be paid.
Surety bonds, outside of PR bonds, are the most simple way to get a person out of jail on bond. If you want to know more about surety bonds or if you need a surety bond in Marin County get in touch with the team at 5 Star Bail Bonds. Give us a call at (415) 479-4800 to learn more about the Marin County bail process.
5 Star Bail Bonds Blog
Written By Brian Corey
Published By MORBiZ
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