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If the full amount of the bail is paid up front, that amount will be refunded (less a small administrative fee) when you’ve made all required court appearances. A Lawyers Trust Bail Bonds agent will accept a percentage of the total bail amount (typically 10%) to guarantee the full bail amount to the court. The bond seller’s fee is nonrefundable and may require collateral to further ensure the defendant’s appearance in court. A bail bondsman can redeem this collateral (car, home, or other valuable property) if the suspect fails to appear in court.
Bail can be paid in several different ways:
You may request release without bail on your own recognizance (also called OR), if you can show the court you are unlikely to flee. Release from jail OR, without bail, requires defendants to meet certain
In some cases, federal law requires that a defendant be released on personal recognizance or upon execution of an unsecured appearance bond. Released defendants must not commit any crimes during the period of release.
If a court determines that personal recognizance or an unsecured appearance bond will not reasonably assure the defendant’s appearance, or determines that the safety of a person or the community is endangered, a defendant may be released upon conditions. These defendants may be required to:
If you are free on bond you should be notified by mail (at the address you gave the jail when you were released) as to the date, time and designated courtroom where you must appear. However, do not assume the court will contact you. It is the responsibility of the defendant to know what is expected of them while free on bond. Stay in close contact with the jail, the court clerk, your lawyer (if you have one) and your Lawyers Trust Bail Bonds agent.
The Maryland Bar Association advises defendants to report directly to that courtroom on the arraignment date. Each court posts a docket sheet in front of the courtroom. Confirm that you are in the right place by looking at the list of defendants, attorneys and types of court cases on the docket sheet. Some courts require that you come inside the courtroom, while others tell you to remain in the hall directly outside the assigned courtroom until your name is called. If you don’t know where to go, it is always best to enter the courtroom and check in with the court bailiff or court coordinator.
For fast, professional bail bonds in Baltimore City, Towson, Annapolis, & Following Counties: Carroll County, Baltimore County, Howard County, Anne Arundel, Harford, Frederick, Washington, Montgomery, & Prince George’s counties, contact us online. or call a Lawyers Trust Bail Bonds agent 24/7 at 410-871-1750.
Judges determine bail, but most judges or District court Commissioners could have set standard bail amounts for common charges so that you do not have to wait days to see a judge. The Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution specifies that bail must not be excessive. Bail is not supposed to raise money for the government or financially punish citizens accused (not convicted) of a crime. Instead, bail allows defendants to remain free until they have their day in court.
Defendants must appear in court on the day and time instructed or the court may forfeit the bail bond, causing you to lose any bail money you’ve paid. The court may also issue an bench warrant if you “skip bail.” In certain cases, a judge may set specific conditions that a defendant must comply with while out on bond. A requirement to ”obey all laws” is common, but some conditions relate specifically to the alleged crime, such as an order not to contact the complaining witness in a domestic violence case.
If you are arrested and cannot afford the posted bail, you can request lower bail. This request requires you to wait for the court to set a special bail hearing or for your initial court date (called an arraignment). You may not be eligible to post bail if you already have a “hold” on your record, such as unpaid traffic tickets or some other pending charges from another governmental agency. If you cannot make bond or do not qualify for bail, you must remain in jail until your court date.
For fast, professional Maryland bail bonds in Westminster or the Following Counties: Baltimore County, Carroll County, Howard County, Anne Arundel, Harford, Frederick, Washington, Montgomery, & Prince George’s counties, & Baltimore City contact us online. Call our licensed bail bond agents 24/7 at 410-871-1750.
If you are ever arrested, no matter what the reason or who may be at fault, the first thing to do is secure your release with the help of a Lawyers Trust Bail Bonds agent. To help you understand what to expect after an arrest in Carroll County or the surrounding area, here is a general overview of the criminal justice process and the bail bond process in Westminster. If you do not understand how the process works, Lawyers Trust Bail Bonds will take the time to explain the bail bond process so you do understand.
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