To ensure that a criminal defendant will appear before the court at the scheduled date and time, a bail bond is being written as a promissory note by a defendant as a surety. The criminal defendant will know his or her bail amount during the court appearance as set by the court.
The bail bond process will vary based on where the arrest is located and this is based on the common arrests for petty crimes. The actual process of bail bonds generally remains the same, except for the wait times for release, which would depend if the arrestee is being transferred to a county jail, or if the arrestee is being held at a jail in the locality within a police station. There are situations that could affect the wait time, and some of these are on how busy that particular police station is, and how they utilize their manpower on that day.
Bail cost and other details are generally the same, except on certain instances where the bail process would differ in a state especially if the location of the arrest is not in the vicinity of jurisdiction. Be aware that there are some kinds of bail forms that could vary slightly depending on what is being charged on the suspect for the actual crime and the nature of the citizenship of the concerns.
The number one to mention as a kind of bail forms is the citation release, oftentimes termed as cite-out, and this is described as the most simple form of bail for the reasons that there is no financial exchange that is required in this bail, and the defendant is very seldom taken into custody.
The surety bond is our next type of bail bond and this bail essentially describes the bail bonds company’s function. Also named as the licensed third party, a bail bonds company becomes the indemnitor of the suspect’s total bail amount and thus they take on the legal responsibility for the total amount of bail, and charge for a fee of the service they keep.
There are rare cases when a judge would agree to waive the bail fees, calling this next kind of bail as recognizance, and this is when a suspect would make a pledge that he or she will attend all the scheduled dates of court hearings. This type is usually given to higher profile cases like those who are public figures, or in circumstances when there is a presentation to the judge showing that the defendant will have no chance or little risk of getting away.
Then there is another type called property bond when a defendant would act on his or her behalf, and would present real property as his or her collateral for the total amount of their bail. In some instances when the defendant would forfeit bail by his or her failure to appear in court, the State becomes authorized to foreclose the property of the defendant.