How do I post bail?

There are 4 ways to get released from custody:

  • The accused can use a bail bondsman, this means you pay a fee to them and need to use some type of collateral.
  • You can choose to post the full bail amount yourself with the court or jail.
  • You can use real property with the court.
  • The judge can rule to let the defendant to be released on there own recoognizance.

What Are My Options If I Am Arrested?

There are 5 options for a release of a defendant:

  • Surety Bond (known as a bail bond)
  • Property Bond
  • Cash Bond
  • Release by judge on own recognizance
  • Release on citation

What Happens If The Charges Are Dropped?

Once the court accepts a bail bond, the money paid out to the bail bond agent has been earned and cannot be returned.  This is the same whether the charges are dropped in a few days or after the trial.

What Is Collateral?

Collateral is defined as property placed within the bondsman’s legal control, which can be sold in the event the defendant does not show up for his or her court date.  The bondsman can sell the property to cover the amount paid to post bail.  Basically, collateral is a way of insuring the defendant will go back for their court date.