The law provides that an accused person ought to be assumed innocent up to the time when they are proven guilty. In most cases, instead of spending time in custody pending your trial, the judge will allow you to be released. For the release to happen the judge will need a guarantee that one will avail themselves during the hearing and this is achieved through bail bonds.
The various types of bail bonds include signature bonds, property bonds, cash bails, and other forms as stipulated by the law. The bails are formally set during a bail hearing session whence upon being presented with relevant information by the defendant and other parties, the judge decides whether to set bail or not. Some bonds such as the security bonds and property bonds require that the judge reviews the defendant’s financial situation prior to setting of bail. In the event that someone else known as a surety is posting the bail for the defendant the judge will have to review the financial situation of the Surety first before setting the bail.
A surety will need to be available during the bail hearing so that he or she and the accused can be given an outline of their roles and duties. The judge may revoke the bail if the accused person fails to observe the conditions of the bond or misses out on the court hearing. This implies that it is important for a surety to ensure that they have confidence in the defendant.
The set bail can be a signature bond, a cash bail, a property bond, or a corporate bond. In the event that the bond that has been set for you is a cash bail, you should pay the bail in cash, or with a money order, a cashier’s check, or a certified check. The bail is returned to you once you have observed all the conditions set out in the bond. Additionally, it is important for the one posting the cash bail to fill out all the necessary tax forms.
Signature bonds are bonds that require the defendant to sign specific forms in order to be released. If a defendant has been released with this type of bond, he or she ought to pay special attention to the conditions of the bond to prevent the revocation of the bond.
On the other hand, corporate surety bonds involve paying a non-refundable fee as a percentage of the bail as a form of collateral. Property bonds are also issued as collateral. For the property bonds the judge will need to verify information regarding ownership, value, and other important information pertaining to the property.
Once you have met all the conditions of bond, you should liaise with your attorney to know how you can recover the bail.