Most people never expect to be arrested, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be prepared with information just in case. If you or someone you love ever finds yourself behind bars, it will be important to understand how bail bonds work.
The Basics of Bail Bonds
When someone is arrested, he or she usually spends at least one night in jail and has an arraignment hearing the next day. However, someone arrested on a Friday will often spend the entire weekend behind bars. Once the defendant sees the judge, he or she will receive a hearing date and learn how much bail needs to be posted for release. When bail is posted, the person can return to everyday life until his or her hearing. However, if the defendant doesn’t show up for his or her hearing date, the court takes the bail money, and the Lackawanna County bail bonds provider takes the collateral that was used to take out the bond.
Types of Bail Bonds
There are several types of bail bonds. The type you need may depend on your situation.
- Cash Bonds – These bonds are paid in full and in cash by the defendant. Most people don’t have thousands of dollars on hand, so this type of bond is not common.
- Federal Bail Bond – Federal bail must be posted if the alleged crime falls under federal or interstate regulations. They typically are higher amounts and require extra collateral.
- Immigration Bail Bond – These work like surety bonds, but typically have a higher amount due to the crime falling under federal regulations.
- Surety Bonds – The most common type of bond, this occurs when a third party pays the bond, typically requiring collateral in case the defendant fails to appear at his or her hearing.
Finally, some people are released on their own recognizance. This is most common for people who allegedly committed a minor crime, have no criminal history, and have strong ties in the community.
No matter what type of bail bond you or a loved one may need, it’s important to work with a reputable provider. The bond agency should be licensed, have a positive reputation, and have experience working with the relevant courts.