MARIETTA CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
If you or a loved one has been arrested, it is likely that bail will be set and must be paid before you can be released from jail. After the arrest and after being booked into police custody, a judge may preset a bail amount that can be paid for your conditional release or a bond hearing may be set to determine if it will be set. In order to make bail and bond, you must promise to appear in court for all subsequent hearings, pre-trial motions and trial. If you fail to appear at any of these court proceedings as you are scheduled, your bail will be forfeited and you will be sought for immediate arrest. If due to the nature of the crime bail is unlikely or denied, there are other options, such as home confinement. If you would like further information about these options or the bail and bond process, it is wise to make immediate contact with a Marietta criminal attorney for legal guidance. The attorneys at Blevins & Hong will be happy to walk you through the process of bail and bond and answer any questions you may have.
INFORMATION ON POSTING BAIL
Bail amounts are generally set based upon certain criteria surrounding your alleged crime, including the severity of the charge, injury caused to others, your criminal record, risk of flight and danger you might pose if you are released. There are two ways you and your family can personally post the amount:
- Cash—If the bail is low enough, you may be able to simply pay the amount and get out of jail. While coming up with the money can be difficult, it is returned after the case is over. This is perhaps the quickest and most straight-forward way of posting bail.
- Property—If you do not have the cash, but do have assets, you may use assets as collateral to cover the bail. The catch is that you often have to provide double the cash value in the equity of the property. So a $10,000 cash bail could require $20,000 worth of equity.
If you or your family cannot post the full bail amount, there is a third option. Assistance is available in the form of a bail bond which can be posted in lieu of bail. Bonds are a written guarantee to pay the court your full bail amount should you fail to appear. Bond agencies generally charge fee of up to 12%-15%, depending on the amount of the bail, and may demand other forms of collateral to protect their interests.
Have any questions regarding bail and bond? We at Blevins & Hong, P.C., stand ready to provide you with trusted legal advice and a strong defense along every step of this stressful and sometimes confusing process. If you have been arrested, you should immediately hire an attorney to protect your legal rights and protect against self-incrimination. We can offer knowledgeable help and caring guidance as we seek to mitigate any bail requirements that you might be facing. Please contact Blevins & Hong, P.C. today to learn how we could help you!