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When a person commits a crime or is arrested and charged with violations of the law, he or she must often face time in jail while awaiting several processes of legal procedure. Some of these cases do not require this step, but the harsher offenses such as felonies or crimes with aggravating factors may demand this person be in jail until certain stages occur.
When this occurs, a bail or bond is set at a specific amount. This monetary fee is how to eject a person from the jail cell so he or she may be on the outside while waiting on the trial.
Because these fees are frequently paid by someone else, it is important to have someone close enough that he or she may post the money so the accused individual may be free during the trial. When there is no one to pay the bonds, these persons must remain in jail for the duration of the case until the verdict comes back. If the person is found guilty, he or she is then remanded over to others in the event of prison sentencing. If the verdict is not guilty, he or she is often released immediately. Other outcomes require the person to be moved from the initial jail to other areas such as a psychiatric ward.
For those not part of the legal world, it is often scary or intimidating to face the posting of a bond for someone. This is often the case with first-time offenders, but many may confront these fears repeatedly with habitual offenders. Various details in how to deal with these procedures are often confusing unless the person has intimate knowledge of the legal arena. There are two ways to post a bond for these loved ones of the accused. A loved one may post a bond for family members, friends, other loved ones or someone they are familiar with in daily interactions. A professional bonds person may post these bonds for a criminal defendant if no one else is available.
For the posting of a bond by a private person, all monies used are refunded at the resolution of a case even if the verdict is a guilty outcome. This is as long as the defending party adheres to all bonding conditions. The most important condition is that the accused appears during all court stages in the courtroom. Another condition may be the absence of alcohol use when the case against the defendant is about alcohol in some manner. Domestic abuse cases could have conditions that explain no contact with the family or others involved is permitted. These stipulations of the bond are issued by the judge. It is essential to know all conditions of the bond to understand how to retrieve the bond.
Professional Bonds Person
Bondspersons of the professional variety are also known as professional sureties. They often charge a percentage of the bond issued for the case that is non-negotiable and non-refundable. All other conditions that apply to these monetary applications are the same as when a private individual pays a bond to include the refund of the monies. These persons involve themselves in these cases to provide a means of paying bonds for those that have no one or the means of paying these amounts without this defendant having to pay the full sum of the bond. In some instances, a bonds person may have to track down those that decide to flee a court case.
When a professional bonds person has become involved in the life of a defendant, he or she has fronted the bond money himself or herself. These sums are not refunded if the conditions set forth by the judge in the court cases are not met. This means the income used to free a person from jail while he or she is awaiting a verdict is not retrieved if this person is not in the courtroom for all states of the trial. Within set parameters of the law, a bonds person may track down the defendant and bring him or her back so that he or she may complete the set conditions applying to the bond. In some situations, extreme measures may have to be taken such as the use of cuffs, impounding a car and similar actions.
Contact a Lawyer
To understand what a bond is and how one works, the defendant and those he or she cares about may contact the lawyer on the case. This professional legal representative may explain all the details and conditions set forth for the specific situation.
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Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or lawyer.