The bail bond system is common in many justice systems and it provides you with the ability of remaining free during the period before your trial and sentencing. While the system is common, not many people understand how it works. To guide you, here is an explanation on how it works:
When an arrest is made
When you are arrested, you are taken to court and a preliminary hearing takes place. During the hearing, you can plead guilty or not guilty. It’s at this hearing that the presiding judge sets the bail amount.
After setting the bail
Once the judge has set the bail amount, you can now pay the bail in order to get out of jail. Depending on your state or country of residence, you will be required to pay the bond to the court clerk or the jail.
Some states require you to pay the bond to the bondsman who is a third-party individual authorized by the court to handle the money. Once you have paid the amount, you are released from jail until your trial date.
Awaiting the trial
Once you have been released, it’s your responsibility to ensure that you report to the courthouse at the appropriate time of trial. If you fail to appear in court at the set date you lose the amount that you had paid for the bond and an arrest warrant is issued for your arrest.
After the trial
If you are not guilty, charges against you are cleared; however, if you are guilty you will be required to pay the fines. In some cases you will be required to serve additional time in jail.
You should note that you have the right of claiming the bond money that you had paid. While some states deduct a small processing fee, other states refund you the full amount.
You should note that different states and countries have different ways in which bail bonds work. If you want to get more details on the bond process, you should consider talking to the bond professionals.
You should ask as many questions as possible. For example, you can ask about particular policies by a bond agent.
Previously bonded criminal defendants are also great people to talk to about the bond process. If