What is a bail?
Bail is simply the temporary release of a prisoner in exchange for security given. In order for a person who has been accused of a crime to be released from jail, they must put up bail — a specific amount of money that is deposited with the county court in the form of cash or a surety bail bond. Its sole purpose is to assure the attendance of the defendant at every court appearance until the judge decides on the case.
Are bail and bond the same thing?
Kind of. Bail is paid by a defendant, and bond is posted by someone else on the defendant’s behalf, and they both are put up as security to assure that the defendant will appear for trial. Bail is a cash payment paid to the court by a defendant. When a defendant does not have the cash, they will go to a bail bond agency for help. The bond is the bondsman’s pledge to make good on the bail amount if the defendant doesn’t appear.
What happens if someone gets bond assistance, but then they do not appear in court?
What is your fee?
How do I get the bond from you to get my loved one (or myself) out of jail?
Do you share my information with anyone? (I don’t want anyone to know that my loved one (or I) needed to be bailed out of jail.)
What type of information do I need to provide the You Call Bail Agency to start the process of bailing my loved one out of jail?
• Defendants name
• Date of birth
• County they were arrested In
• Jail number/facility are being held in
• Date arrested
If you do not have all of that information on hand, that’s OK. Call 1-844-YOU-WALK and we’ll get the process started to get your loved one released ASAP and get the extra details later.
How is the amount of bail determined?
How long does it take to get someone released?
• Once someone has been arrested, they will be taken to the local jail for booking; this process takes about 1-4 hours to complete.
• After bond has been posted, the defendant will be released within 4-12 hours, depending on the release process at the correctional facility.
• Depending on the seriousness of the crime committed, it is possible to have your bail posted right after being booked. It may be necessary to wait —usually less than 48 hours—to go before a judge and learn about the eligibility to post bail and what the costs are.
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