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How Does the Bail Process Work?

While some folks are given the okay to go back to their everyday lives soon after an arrest—assuming they show up to their court hearings—others aren’t eligible for that “get out of jail free” card.

When someone is arrested for a crime, depending on the type and severity of charges, they may be held in jail until their first court appearance, or they may be released on bail. What is bail, and how does the bail bond process work?

What Is Bail?

If the judge decides to set bail, the defendant, or person charged with a crime, may be released when his or her family (or some other party) makes bail. Bail is a specific amount of money that can be paid to the court to secure the release of someone charged with a crime. The amount of money is decided by the judge. It could be anywhere from as low as $500 to over $1 million, depending on the charges. Bail serves as a sort of insurance that the person will show up for their first court date. Failing to show up for court means forfeiture of the money.

What Is a Bail Bond?

If the defendant’s family doesn’t have enough cash to pay the court, they may seek the assistance of a bail bondsman. They pay the bail bondsman a percentage of the bail amount, and they sometimes will leave collateral equal to the remaining amount. The bondsman then posts a bail bond by paying the court. This guarantees that the defendant shows up for their court hearing and covers fines or penalties levied against them. As long as the defendant shows up, the bond will be dissolved and the collateral will be returned. The bail bondsman will keep the initial cash payment as the fee for his services. But if the defendant fails to appear for their hearing, the cash and collateral are forfeited so that the bail bondsman can pay the court in full.

Hire a Bail Bondsmen Today

If your loved one has been arrested, it’s important to find an experienced, discreet bail bondsman to secure their release from jail. Liberty Bail Bonds Nassau provides bail bond services to anyone arrested in Nassau County, including out-of-town visitors. We’ll walk you through the bail bond process and work quickly while respecting the privacy of your family. Contact us or call Liberty Bail Bonds Nassau today at (904) 225-0002 to learn about our bail bond and warrant check services.

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