Arrests for anyone can be terrifying. Not knowing what to do in the event of an arrest can be even more so. Everyone always hears about rights you can exercise, but not everyone knows exactly what they are. Getting bail is not always available for everyone. If you do get bail, it is important to know what types of bonds are available and which bond is right for you. The two most common types of bonds are cash followed by personal bonds.
Agreeing to pay bail is essentially agreeing with the court that you will show up in court on your required days. If you do not, not only does it cause more repercussions, but you end up forfeiting the refund of your bail if you are found not guilty.
Cash bonds are pretty self-explanatory. It is a bond a defendant pays in cash, debit, or credit, and the defendant must pay the amount in full, upfront. Cash bonds are often most preferred by many courts. In some cases, courts will only allow cash-only bonds. However, not everyone carries cash on them. Bonds can often be in the hundreds or even thousands of dollars, depending on the severity of the crime, arrest record, and other factors. Using a bail bonds service can help pay a bond; however, it must be in the defendant’s name.
A personal bond does not necessarily have to be paid in full. Sometimes, if a defendant has little to no criminal history and the crime is not too severe, the judge can order for a small amount with a certain amount of time upon the defendant’s release. However, there may be other requirements a defendant may have to take in place of this personal bond. This could include taking drug tests, going to rehab, or anger management, along with going to the required court dates. The requirements will all depend on what the crime is.
Depending on your particular situation, one of these options may be best for you. ASAP Bail Bonds can help cover the cost of your bail, so you can spend as little time in jail and back with your family while you await your court hearing. Give us a call today. We are available 24 hours a day.