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How can you get out of jail after an arrest?

On Behalf of | Jan 4, 2024 | Criminal Defense

After an individual is arrested, understanding the available options for release from jail is crucial. These options include bail, bond and release on their own recognizance. Each method ensures the individual’s appearance in court while respecting their rights before trial.

The choice about release from jail is up to the judge. They consider specific factors, such as the specific circumstances of the arrest and the individual’s background.

Bail as a financial tool for release

Bail represents a monetary assurance to the court. It’s set during a bail hearing. Some bail amounts are preset based on specific charges. Bail can reflect factors like the nature of the offense and the individual’s flight risk. Paying bail grants them freedom until their court date with the understanding that failing to appear results in forfeiting the bail amount.

Understanding the role of bonds

When the bail amount is too high, a bond comes into play. A bond company pays the full bail in exchange for a non-refundable fee, typically a fraction of the total bail. This arrangement often requires collateral as security against the detainee not showing up in court, which would lead to a financial loss for the bond company. No money is refunded to the person if they attend all hearings. 

Release on own recognizance

Release on their own recognizance is a viable option for minor offenses and individuals with strong community ties. This process allows for release without financial burden. It’s based on the detainee’s promise to appear in court. Conditions like travel restrictions may apply to ensure court attendance.

Having someone to assist through this process may be beneficial to defendants. Representation during the bail hearing may result in a favorable outcome.