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A Spotlight of Bail Bonds

Getting charged and spending time in prison when you’re convicted of a crime can be an unpleasant and terrifying experience. Luckily, because you are legally innocent unless proven guilty, a judge can in many cases require you to be released before your hearing or trial is over. However, before you can be released from jail, the judge can require that you have some sort of assurance that you will return to face the charges against you. This insurance is called a Bail Bond, and it typically has to be returned to the court in the form of cash, properties, a signature bond, a secured bond by a security firm, or a combination of forms. Check 24 hour service.

Bail conditions are usually set during a formal bail hearing process. That is where the Judge meets with the accused (Defendant) and hears facts as to whether or not bailing is necessary. If other forms of bail bonds are considered, such as a secured bond or property bond, the judge must request details on the financial resources of the defendant, and the origins of which properties or assets are used as collateral for the bail bond. If someone else posts bail for the Defendant, they are called a Surety and their financial condition would also be taken into account.

If a Surety is involved in bail provision, he must be present with the Defendant at the bail hearing, and the Judge will inform both of them of their various obligations and duties. It is also important to remember that the bail may be withdrawn and forfeited if the defendant refuses to satisfy his obligations and appears for future trials and court dates, or if he breaches the terms of his release. So, it is very important that the Surety trust the Defendant before posting bail.

Once the bail is set, it’s important to understand the various bail options. “Cash” bail can include cash but may typically be paid by certified checks, cashier’s checks or money orders as well. It is also important to retain the receipt they get for whoever posts the cash bail so that they can collect their refund after the bail terms have been met. Depending on the amount of cash bail, filling out tax forms such as IRS Form W-9 might also be mandatory for the Plaintiff or Surety.