Understanding Bail Options

When a person is arrested, they are either eligible to post bail, or they are required to stay in jail. On the surface level, that is as simple as it gets, but understanding bail options is where it gets more complex. There are multiple methods to posting bail and getting out of jail.

Cash Bail
In this method, if a defendant is given a $10,000 bail, they will pay $10,000 to the court. Every penny of this must be paid before the jail will release the defendant. This money can be refunded later on as long as the defendant makes good on his or her release terms and conditions, including showing up for their court appointments.

Bail Bond
A person can choose to post bail using a bail bond. Instead of paying their $10,000 to the court, they hire a bail bondsman...

Bail Bonds over Cash Bail – Here Is Why

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Bail bonds are an alternative method to posting cash bail. Cash bail can be in the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. The full amount must be paid in order for the defendant to be released.

Bail bonds, on the other hand, offer more flexibility and breathing room.

• A professional bail agent facilitates the entire process.
• Only 10% of the full bail amount will be paid.
• This 10% is paid off on a customized payment plan.
• Only paperwork needs to be completed for the defendant to be freed; the payment plan extends beyond the defendant’s release date.

The main catch is that with cash bail, this money can be refunded, but the 10% for a bail bond is not refundable. Nonetheless, most people post bail using bail bonds because there is more guidance and assistance...

Cash Bail vs. Bail Bonds

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When needing to post bail, a defendant has a couple of options. Which option he or she chooses is dependent on what they can afford.

The first option is cash bail. For this option, the defendant, and anyone on his or her behalf, must pay the full bail amount to the court in order for the defendant to be released. The full amount must be paid before the defendant will be released. The money can be refunded later on, if the defendant shows up for court and does not cause any further problems.

The second option is a bail bond, where the defendant hires a third party bail bond company to assist with the process. The defendant, and anyone on his or her behalf, will pay the bail bond company 10% of the full bail amount, which is called the premium...