Bail is used to describe the temporary release from jail. It does not mean that you are free and able to do what you want. When bail is posted, the judge is evaluating a number of things to see if he feels that you are a reliable person who will return to court if allowed out. If the judge feels that you are risk-free, then he will set an amount for bail. A bond can then be paid which is about 10 to 15% of the total bail amount, but it will allow a person to be released while awaiting trial.
How Much Is It?
The short answer, it depends. Felonies and certain drug charges can end up being far more expensive than someone who was brought in on traffic citations. Additionally, a judge may see your case and an identical case but decide to put bail at a higher amount for one case and not the other. This can be due to the fact that the judge feels one person is more of a flight-risk than another. Or, some judges may not like you as much as someone else, so they decide to set your bail higher.
How Long Does It Take?
When you get arrested, get processed, and then are able to contact us or have someone contact us, we will analyze your case and see if we can help. If we are able to, then we will start the paperwork to get you bonded. Again, it will depend on the severity of the crime, but we can generally have you bonded and out of jail within a few hours. However, sometimes it may take more than a day, and on the rare occasion, it can take up to several days to be bonded and free.
What Can You Do Once Bail Is Posted?
You can do just about anything that you normally do. The point of bail is to give you the chance to be out of jail, live your life like normal, and go work to be able to save money to afford your court fees. You cannot leave town, take a trip, or run away. At some point in the future you will be required to show up for court to have your case settled. If you are not around for that, then you will become a fugitive of the law and will be sought out by law enforcement and bounty hunters.
Do You Have to Pay Anything?
No, not monetary. However, we are placing our trust in you and putting up our own money to get you out of jail. This means that we are expecting you to return for your court date and attend your trial. If you are wondering what is in it for us, we get to help people and give you the chance to get back to living a normal life as soon as possible. Furthermore, we do get our money back, as long as you return for your court date.