What Are Bail Bonds?
Bail bonds are a complex, sensitive concept. A bail bond is a court-settled agreement for a criminal defendant to show up for a trial or pay a certain amount of money demanded by the court. Bail is collateral to convince the judge to release them until they reach their trial.
Again, this bail bond is a defendant’s promise to post a guarantee of debt, otherwise known as a surety. Follow us as we explore how bail bonds work and their various implications.
Let’s establish the fact that bail amounts are pre-set, but judges are allowed to deviate away from bail amounts. It is possible for a defendant to post bail during regular business hours or during a jail’s after-hours. A receipt of posted bail will be made and recorded by a clerk.
In the event that the defendant decides not to return to court, a hearing will be scheduled so that an arrest warrant can be issued. If the defendant’s reason for missing court is deemed ineligible, then the court will keep the bond at its current amount. Bonds take different forms. Examples include cash bonds, percentage bonds, and immigration bonds.