When you are facing charges in a court of law, you are always assumed innocent until proven guilty. The judge can, therefore, release an accused person instead of holding them in custody before the hearing commences. Being released before your hearing is however on condition that you can guarantee your presence in court on the day of the hearing and this is the main reason why a judge will order a bail bond.
There are a variety of bail bonds some of which include property bonds, cash bails, and signature bonds among others. The judge sets the bail bonds during a bail hearing session where the defendants and other relevant parties present information pertinent to the bail hearing. 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. A defendant can have another person, called a surety, posting his or her bail wherefore the judge has to assess the surety’s financial power.
The presence of the surety during the bail hearing is necessary since the judge has to explain to him or her and the defendant about their various roles. In the event that the defendant has dishonored any one of the bail terms, this can result to bail being forfeited by the court. This implies that it is important for a surety to ensure that they have confidence in the defendant.
Your set bail can be a cash bail, a signature bond, a corporate surety bond, or a property 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. In addition, the ones posting the cash bail need to ensure that they have completed relevant 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.
Corporate surety bonds are the other types of bonds that require one to pay a non-refundable charge as a fraction of the total bail amount to serve as security. We also have property bonds issued as a form of guarantee. 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.