If you have recently been arrested, chances are you will have the opportunity to post bail and be released from jail until your trial begins. However, understanding bail bonds can be difficult. There are several different things that you can use for your bail bond. Understanding your options will give you the opportunity to use the type of bail bond that is most convenient for you.
There are five major types of bail bonds that you can use to be released from jail before your trial. Some of these bail bonds are frequently used, while others are more obscure. Depending on your particular situation, all of these options might be open to you, or only one might be possible. The most popular types of bail bonds are cash bonds and surety bonds. If you want to pay your bond in cash, you would use a cash bond. In some cases, the court will accept credit cards or checks as a cash bond. If these are options that are appealing to you, you should seriously consider paying a cash bond.
A surety bond, which is also referred to as a bail bond, is generally used if the defendant cannot afford to post bail. If you find that you cannot afford to post the who amount of your bail, you might want to consider a surety bond. If this is the route you want to go, you, a relative, or a close friend should contact a bail bondsman (also called a bail agent). The bail bondsman that you hire will promise to pay your bond in full if you do not appear in court when you are supposed to. This is possible because the bail bondsman is backed by a surety insurance company that can afford to pay the bond. Because of the risks involved, the bail bondsman will usually ask for a premium of usually around ten percent. In addition, the bondsman will take something from you as collateral, such as jewelry, your house, or car. Bail bondsmen assume that because of the collateral and because your friends or family are involved in the transaction, you will be more inclined to show up to your court date.
If you do not, the bondsman can hire a bounty hunter to find you, provided you live in a state where this is legal.
Another form of bond is release on citation. If you have committed a minor infraction, you might not be booked and processed in a jail at all. Instead, an officer will simply issue you a citation stating that you have to appear in court at a certain time. This might be the case if you receive a speeding ticket or if you commit some other minor crime.
Release on own personal recognizance is similar to release on citation in that no bond will be issued for your release. Instead, the judge will make you responsible for coming back to court when it is time. This might occur if you commit a minor crime and you are not considered a flight risk. If a judge feels that it is likely for you to appear in court on your own, he or she might order release on own personal recognizance.
The final type of bond is a property bond. In the case of a property bond, you can use property to get you released from jail. In this case, the court can get a lien in the amount of the bond. If you do not show up for your court date, the court can foreclose on your house.
These are the major ways in which you can pay your bail bond. If you are in need of more assistance, or want to hire a bail bondsman, you can contact Connecticut Bail Bonds.