Posting Bail

What You Need to Know About Posting Bail

If you know someone who is facing criminal charges, and they are in jail awaiting trial, figuring out how to post bail is an important issue.  Bail is the money that is required to be deposited by criminal defendants in order to guarantee they will return to court, if they are released pending trial.  Here is what you need to know about posting bail.

How bail is determined

The amount of money that must be posted for bail is different for each person and their particular circumstances.  The judge will consider the type of crime they are charged with, whether the person has ever been arrested before, and whether there is a risk that the person will be motivated to avoid court.

How the bail process works

Once the judge sets the amount and the bail is paid, the money is deposited with the clerk of the court or the bail bond company.  After the case has been resolved, the money will be returned unless the defendant is convicted.  If that happens, a percentage of the money will be deducted before it is returned.  If, however, the bail amount cannot be paid and there is no one willing to put up a bond, then the accused must stay in jail until the next court date.

Ways to post bail

Bail can normally be posted in a few ways: in cash, with real property, or through a bond.  The judge is required by law to allow bail to be posted in at least two ways.  In most cases, the court direct that bond be posted in cash or through an insurance company bail bond.

If you have questions regarding posting bail, or any other criminal defense matters, please contact Ketcham Law by calling us at (205) 296-4233.

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