Once a person has been arrested they are taken to jail. Usually within the next day or two you will be taken to court and a judge will determine if bail will be set and what the conditions of bail will be. Make no mistake if the judge wishes he can deny you bail and you will spend your time inside a jail cell until your court hearing where several things can happen.
Appearing in Court
You can plead guilty and be sentenced, plead not guilty and be released, or released with certain conditions. If the judge decides to set bail, the bail amount will depend on several factors. These factors will include the nature of the crime, if you remain a threat to yourself or others, and the likelihood of you fleeing the jurisdiction. The higher any of these risk factors are the higher the bond amount will be. Here is a video showing you what will happen at a bond hearing.
Arrests are confusing and frightening for most people. You are filled with questions surrounding what you should do and what rights you have. Your friends and family don’t know whether or not they should get an attorney to represent you. Here is what happens and what your options are if you or a loved one gets arrested.
To obtain your release from jail you don’t need a lawyer, but if you are facing criminal charges then that is the time to hire an attorney. Make sure you hire your lawyer before the first court appearance. The more time you give your attorney to familiarize themselves with your case the better. But to simple get out of jail all you need to do is post bond.
Once a judge has set your bond, that means that you pay a certain amount of money to get released from jail. If you choose to pay the whole amount up front at the jail, you are released from custody and your money will be returned once you appear in court. Often bond amounts are too high for the average person to pay all at once and in this case bail bond services can be used.
Bail Bond Services
If you have to use a bail bonds service, you will only pay a portion of your bail, however that portion is non-refundable. On the whole a bail bond is more cost effective and convenient and they can get you released from jail at any time. Being released still comes with obligations, you MUST appear in court and from there your guilt or innocence will be determined.