About bail bonds
Most of us are naturally unfamiliar with the inner workings of the criminal justice system. Naturally, we understand that criminals commit crimes, police officers arrest them, judges and juries hand down sentences, and lawyers do a lot of talking on either side. An interesting facet of the criminal justice system not often portrayed in popular culture, or mentioned on the evening news, is how Local bail bonds functions. Local bail bonds works like this: a person is arrested for a crime, then typically brought to a local law enforcement station for booking, prior to incarceration in lock-up at the station, or a county jail. Once the arrest has been made and the booking completed, the defendant will have different options depending on the severity of the case. If a trial is likely, the defendant will then be brought before a judge to determine whether or not bail (a dollar amount usually related to the type of crime committed, and how likely it would be that the detainee is able to flee the county) will be granted, and if so, how high that amount might be. The Local bail bonds system is designed to guarantee that the defendant in a criminal case appears in court at the date and time specified by the judge. There are often conditions that have nothing to do with money placed on defendants. The Local bail bonds system is designed to insure that while a defendant is awaiting trial no further damage will be done to the community. Often a defendant will be required to make mandatory calls to an assigned police officer, surrender passports and other means of travel documentation, submit to random drug testing, the use of an ankle monitor, substance abuse counseling, surrendering firearms and other weapons, and even house arrest. In some cases of extreme violent crime, bail will be denied and the defendant is held for trial. In other circumstances, however, bail will be granted, and the defendant or members or their immediate family must figure out how to get the money required to bail their loved one out of jail. For those with access to disposable income, this is not a problem they simply post bond to the court in full and take the defendant home. If the defendant is later found to be innocent of the charges he or she was arrested for, the bail bone amount is returned to the family. In cases where the bail amount is unattainable by the defendant, it may become necessary to solicit the services of a Local bail bondsman.