If you’ve never been arrested or involved in criminal law, you might not know how exactly bail works. You hear it on the news all the time, but what exactly does “released on bail” mean? And if someone is accused of a crime, why would they be allowed to walk free?
Bail is an incredibly old practice. If someone is arrested on suspicion of a crime, the person will be taken by cops to jail for booking. During this process, he or she will have a mug shot taken, be fingerprinted, and asked for a statement. While waiting for his or her day in court, the person will be held in jail unless he or she is released on bail.
Bail is a financial agreement that a bail bonding agency will make on behalf of a defendant. The bail bonding agency will arrange with the court to have a suspect released from jail pending the trail in exchange for collateral. Collateral usually includes cash, assets, or a bond, and the court determines how much is needed.
The bail agency is then responsible for ensuring the defendant arrives at all court appearances. If the defendant shows up, the company gets the money back. If the accused doesn’t turn up, the company may hire a bounty hunter to track the person down.
If a family member or friend pays the bail of the accused, the person who paid is on the hook if the defendant never shows up to his or her court dates. However, not everyone is able to afford the bond set by the court, which is why agencies are often used. Bail companies will also charge a fee of about 10% to pay the bail amount.
If you’ve been accused of a crime, don’t hesitate to call a skilled Denver criminal defense attorney. I founded the Law Offices of David L. Owen, Jr., P.C. to provide Colorado residents with experienced legal representation. Let me take a look at your case and offer legal advice regarding your best course of action.
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