Bail is a sum of money paid to the court in order to be released from prison after an arrest. This money acts as collateral or a guarantee that you will appear in court as planned or risk losing the money.
Bail can be paid by cash or check or with property equal to the value set by the court. Sometimes, a judge will allow for a signature bond, meaning you sign a contract where you agree to pay the bail amount only if you do not appear in court at your scheduled time.
A number of factors determine the amount of bail. The court takes into account:
A judge will then determine the amount.
If you are found guilty, any bail paid will be used to cover fines and court fees as well as any settlement paid to the victim first. After that, anything left over will be returned. If you are found not guilty or your charges are dropped, the entirety of bail paid will be returned.
Conditions usually include not committing further crimes, not consuming drugs or alcohol, and appearing in court as scheduled. If you do appear for your court date or break your bail conditions, you will return to prison, usually without the opportunity to post bail a second time.
Contact the attorneys at Tracey Wood and Associates today for assistance with the bail process and to get started fighting your case.