When charged with an offense the law requires that you be assumed innocent until proven otherwise. The judge can, therefore, release an accused person instead of holding them in custody before the hearing commences. For the release to happen the judge will need a guarantee that one will avail themselves during the hearing and this is achieved through bail bonds.
The various types of bail bonds include signature bonds, property bonds, cash bails, and other forms as stipulated by the law. The judge sets the bail bonds during a bail hearing session where the defendants and other relevant parties present information pertinent to the bail hearing. For bail bonds such as the security bond and the property bond, the judge has to assess the defendant’s financial power before setting the bail bond. A defendant can have another person, called a surety, posting his or her bail wherefore the judge has to assess the surety’s financial power.
A surety has to be present together with the defendant during the bail hearing so that they can both be informed about their obligations. Bails can be revoked or forfeited in the event that the defendant has violated the conditions of his release, or has failed to attend subsequent hearings. This implies that it is important for a surety to ensure that they have confidence in the defendant.
The set bail can be a signature bond, a cash bail, a property bond, or a corporate bond. If yours is a cash bail you ought to pay money whether in the form money orders, certified cheques, or cashier’s checks. The money is refundable once the conditions of the bail have been met and it is thus necessary to keep the payment receipt. Additionally, it is important for the one posting the cash bail to fill out all the necessary tax forms.
Signature bonds are in such a way that a defendant will only need to sign some forms so as to be released. In order for an accused person to avoid the bail cancelation, he or she should observe all the terms of the bond.
On the other hand, corporate surety bonds involve paying a non-refundable fee as a percentage of the bail as a form of collateral. We also have property bonds issued as a form of guarantee. In the case of property bonds, the judge has to check details of the property relating to value and ownership and other claims associated with the property.
Following the observation of the bail conditions, you ought to consult your lawyer to understand how to get your bail returned.