Bail FAQs - Getting Out of Jail After an Arrest:
1. How is bail sent?
After a person is arrested he is brought before a judge and that process is called the arraignment. At the arraignment the judge decides whether bail is set.
2. Why does the judge set bail?
The judge sets bail based on certain factors, severity of the crime, persons ties to the community, number of prior arrests, employment and family are some of the major factors.
3. What does it mean?
The judge can set bail in many forms. Typically they set two forms. For instance $10,0000.00/$7500.00 is Insurance Company Bail Bond of $10,000 or $7,500 cash paid to the court. The judge can also indicate OR or ROR which means released without bail. The court can also conditionally release to probation also without setting bail.
4. Why post a bond with a Bail Bond Comany?
First though a bail bond company charges a fee, so does the court! The court charges a 4% fee. Cash posted with the court is deemed in the courts custody and any missed court date can trigger a forfeiture and loss of the money. If you miss court while out on an insurance company bond, typically the bond will not be forfeit and the bond company will have a chance to bring the person back to court without forfeiture. We also monitor the defendant on a weekly basis to make sure he is making his court appearances and not get rearrested.
5. Ok now what do I do?
Come to the office. We need to fill out paperwork. You need to bring our fee, photo identification, some form of proof of employment, and collateral if required. After the paperwork is signed then we will go to court and get the bond signed by the judge and provide you with the release order.
6. How long does it take until the person is released?
From the delivery of the release order to the jail to release in most counties takes about an hour to an hour and a half. In New York City it can take up to 12 hours for a person’s release.
7. What happens when I am released?
You must report to the bail office within 24 hours of your release.
8. What do I do next?
Make sure you make all your court appearances and check in with us once a week, typically by phone.
9. Can Bond be posted anytime?
In many counties bonds can be posted during the day, and daytime on the weekends. Usually you need a judge to sign a release order. In some jurisdictions bonds can be posted at the jail and you do not need a judge’s signature.
10. What happens when the case is over?
You provide us with a court certificate of disposition and your collateral is released. If it is cash collateral it takes about a week to get a check from the insurance carrier.