Once you’re arrested and charged with a crime, you aren’t necessarily stuck in jail until your trial. As long as you don’t pose a significant risk to society or you haven’t previously broken bail, chances are you will be able to post bail and keep up with your obligations while you await your trial. However, the type of bail you are granted will vary depending on the unique situation. The following are some of the most common forms of bail offered.
In lesser crimes or other specific situations, bail may be set low enough you can afford to pay it on your own without additional help. This is known as cash bail. In order to be released on this type of bail, you must pay the entire amount upfront, along with any necessary processing fees. This is not a bond and doesn’t require going through a bail bond agency.
If your bail is set too high for you to pay, you will need the assistance of a bail bond agency like ours to post what is known as a surety bond. These bonds are typically a percentage of the amount owed for cash bail. While you only need a smaller amount to actually pay for this type of bond, you will also likely be asked for some form of collateral to make up for the rest of the amount, giving the bail bondsman peace of mind the money is covered if you fail to appear.
Own Recognizance Release
In specific situations, such as misdemeanors, chances are you may be eligible for this type of release. While not bail or a bail bond precisely, this statement guarantees the court that you intend to show up for your hearings. It’s a written contract based on good faith and isn’t available in most situations.
If you’re facing cash bail you can’t afford to pay, contact us. We can help you acquire a surety bond that allows you to carry on with your life outside jail until your trial.