When a person is arrested for a crime, the jail or magistrate may impose a bail amount that must be paid before the person will be released from jail. The accused can pay the full amount themselves or they can pay a Bail Bond Agent ten percent of the full bail amount and the Bail Bond Agent will then pay the jail the full bail amount in the form of a Bail Bond. The ten percent paid to the Bail Bond Agent is a non-refundable fee for the service of paying the bail amount on behalf of the accused. The court holds the bail amount, in either the cash or bond form, without interest, until the court case is complete, when it will be returned to the depositor, which can sometimes take months or even years. However, if theaccused misses a required court date, the bail is forfeited and the court keeps it.
Bail is a method to get the defendant home during the trial proceedings.There are typically two factors the judge considers before setting bail. Is the defendant a danger to the community? What is the likelihood the defendant will flee?
The potential crime is not one that the defendant would do again.
The defendant is not a danger to the community.
Stable employment history
Memberships in religious or civic organizations
Surrendering the defendant’s passport
Agree to electronic monitoring
Cash Bail. The defendant is responsible for paying the entire amount of the bail to be released and receive this amount back at the completion of all court appearances.
Release on own recognizance. If the judge is convinced the defendant is not a risk, he or shemay release the defendant on his or her own recognizance.
Supervised Own Recognizance .SOR. If you accept SOR, you will be interviewed at the jail and,upon signing the paperwork, begin the release process. SOR does require a pe-rsonal visit to the SOR office once a week and they monitor your compliance with any other conditions imposed by the court, as well as assuring that the Court is aware if you violate any of your conditions, miss an SOR meeting or pick up a new criminal charge. There is a $10 per week SOR fee and failure to pay the fee can put you back in jail
Surety Bond. The bail agent guarantees to the court that they are responsible if the defence dantfails to appear.
a Arraignment – a formal reading of a criminal complaint in the presence of the defendant to inform the defendant of the charges against him or her.ormal reading of a criminal complaint in the presence of the defendant to inform the defendant of the charges against him or her.t – a formal reading of a criminal complaint in the presence of the defendant to inform the defendant of the charges against him or her.
A calendar call is a court date where the Judge asks both the prosecutor and the defense attorney if they are ready for trial. If both sides are ready than the Judge will inform them that the trial will take place soon.
the Court’s final determination of a tawsuit of criminal charge
A formal declaration that someone is quilty of a criminal offense made by the verdict of a jury or the decision of a judge in a court.