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The bail bond system arises out of common law. The posting of money or property in exchange for temporary release pending a trial dates back to 13th century England. The modern commercial practice of bail bonds has continued to evolve in the United States while it has since ceased to exist in most modern nation-states.
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Everything you need to know about bail bonds and posting bail.
What is bail?
What happens at arraignment?
What is a cash bond?
What is a surety bond?
How is the amount of bail set?
Judges no longer use a bail schedule. Judges sets the amount of bail depending on the seriousness of the charges, criminal history, risk of flight, and ties to the community.
What happens if the arrestee fails to appear in court?
The court may issue a warrant for the defendant’s arrest, resulting in a separate charge, “failure to appear”. The order to arrest MAY be set aside at a later date due to extenuating circumstances such as: death, a major illness, or detention by law enforcement.
What is a bounty hunter?
The guarantor of the bond is also the indemnitor of the bond and has agrred to pay any costs and fees associated with non-appearance at court including the cost of arrest by a bounty hunter.
What happens if bail is paid and charges are dismissed?
The fee paid to the bonding agency is nonrefundable. At the dismissal of charges the bond becomes void and collateral pledge will be returned within 30 days as provided by local bail bond board rules and upon written notice.
How long does it take to get out on Bail?
Who is liable for the bail bond?
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