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.
For common arrests for petty crimes, the location of the arrest is one factor that will determine the bail bond process. 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. Depending on the particular police station’s crowd and workload and how their people are utilized on certain days, wait times could vary.
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. Bail forms come in some slight differentiations and would vary depending on the nature of the citizenship and the actual crime charged on the suspect.
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 second form of bail is the surety bond that would describe the function of a bail bonds company in its essence. A bail bonds company or also called the other licensed third party would be the one to take on the suspect’s total amount of bail, and thus they take on the responsibility, legally for the total amount of bail, and they charge a fee for the service that they keep.
Another form of bail is termed as recognizance, and this happens when judges would agree to waive the bail fees of suspects who would pledge to appear all of their scheduled dates in court. 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. With this circumstance, it would be the authority of the State to foreclose the defendant’s property if he or she forfeit bail by not appearing in court.