Time is of the essence when your loved one has been taken into custody. It is imperative to select the best professionals available to help you in your time of need.
We pride ourselves on being professional, courteous, and discreet. Affordably Easy Bail Bonds will fully explain the bail process, conditions of the court, and the financial liability of signing a bail contract. Our goal is to protect all parties involved in the bail procedure and make sure everyone is properly informed. As servants of the court, we take our role seriously to support each defendant’s right to post bail and be released while awaiting trial.
Our knowledgeable licensed Bail Advisors have over 50 years of combined bail industry expertise. We have experienced thousands of cases involving Federal, State, 1275.1pc Holds, Immigration, and other criminal matters. The result providing a major benefit to our clients – the insight and understanding we are able to provide helps to encourage their success.
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Bail is set during the early steps steps the legal process. It is a deposit of some value, most often money, held by the court for the duration of the case. Once set by a judge, the defendant or someone on their account may pay the bail, releasing them from police custody. If the defendant does return to assigned court dates without incident, the bail is returned. Should the accused miss a court date, the full value of the bail, which may include personal property, is forfeited to the courts. This failure to appear also brings the possibility of another warrant for arrest.
Bail serves two purposes. The first is to ensure the defendant returns to face the consequences of committing a crime. The seconds is an opportunity to shorten the amount of time in jail. Without this process, someone charged with a criminal offense would stay incarcerated from the date of arrest until their first day in court. This unexpected break from personal responsibilities may have a strong impact making the brevity of time spent in custody a necessity.
Bail amounts are set at the judge’s discretion, though some jusisdictions use schedules which provide a standard bail amount for a given crime. There are also situations in which a person is released on their own recognizance, requiring no bail to be posted on behalf of the accused. First-time defendants charged with crimes of a minor severity fall into this category. Factors like these are considered to decide the defendant’s flight risk, or chance of evading further cooperation with the judicial system. Higher flight risk does increase the cost of bail, though the Eight Amendment ensures that this cost does not unrealistically burden the defendant as a means to keep them in custody. Ultimately, unless bail is prohibited by the nature of crime, the judge has full authority to set a reasonable value.
There are several types of bonds with availability based on jurisdiction. The most common is a cash bond. This requires the entire amount to be paid in full before the accused is released from jail. At the end of the case, a full reimbursement is issued to the defendant. Some areas allow property bonds, with either a certified tax assessor or court-appointed appraiser to verify fair market value of the used item or deed. These bonds often require a greater value than cash bonds and also require the permission of all legal owners before accepted by the court. Bail bonds or surety bonds are posted on behalf of the defendant by a licensed bondsman. The total amount is provided by the bondsman with only a portion required from the defendant. All bonds are held until the conclusion of the case with full reimbursement unless the defendant fails to appear for a court date. In the case of a surety bond, the portion paid to the bondsman or insurance company is not returned to the defendant.
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