Jail Release on Bond in Maryland

When someone is arrested, they must remain in jail unless they can assure the authorities that they will appear in court at the appointed date/time. That assurance may be based on the accused person’s reliability and past history, but usually their promise has to be backed up with some form of financial pledge (bond). If you can’t afford to pay the full bail amount to the court, with  Lawyers Trust Bail Bond payment options, we can guide you through the bond process and provide a variety of secure payment options.

24-Hour Bail Bond Service

Many defendants lack the financial means to post their own bail in full, however. Our licensed bail bond agents are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to arrange bond. Through Lawyers Trust Bail Bonds, you never have to go to the jail to post bond.

We guarantee the bail bond in return for a nonrefundable percentage of the full amount. The percentage you pay (10%  of total bail) bail bond fees are set by surety companies and regulated by the state Department of Insurance.

Lawyers Trust Bail Bonds acceptsbail payment methods including:

  • Personal checks- Echecks
  • Local checks
  • American Express
  • Mastercard
  • Visa
  • Discover
  • Credit terms available

Bond Collateral

In many cases, only a personal signature or written guarantee is required as security on a bond. For larger amounts, the bail bond must be backed by collateral of sufficient value to cover the total amount. If the defendant does not appear in court or otherwise violates the conditions of bail, the bond agency can take possession of the collateral in order to pay the full amount owed to the court.

Some examples of collateral items include boats, recreational vehicles, jewelry, securities, or electronics. These items are usually held by the bail bond company until the terms of the bond agreement are fully met. In some cases, collateral may be lien on a house or land. All collateral is returned to you once the court case is concluded.

Cash Bail

Jails often have a set bail schedule depending on the offense in question, otherwise a judge must set bail on a case-by-case basis. The detainee (or a friend/family member) has the option to pay the full bail amount. If the full bail amount is paid up front, that amount will be refunded (less a small administrative fee) when the case is finalized and all required court appearances have been made. Typically, most jails accept only:

  • Cash (if paid in person)
  • Money order (Western Union accepts debit or credit cards)
  • Cashier’s check or certified check (no personal checks)
  • Checks from a county, state or federal law enforcement or correctional agency
  • Checks from the Attorney General

A “cash bond” may be the only option in cases where a judge will not allow the defendant to be bailed out by a bond agency. For example, a detainee might be considered a flight risk, but the judge is willing to release that person only if the full bail amount is paid in cash. Certain types of “small bonds” must be paid to obtain release, such as for bounced checks or for warrants issued for unpaid traffic tickets.

According to the Maryland Public Defender, a person arrested for a felony in some cases may qualify for pretrial release by posting a small fee instead of a bond. For information on posting cash bond, contact the Maryland jail. For information on pretrial release, you should contact the County Sheriff’s Department.

As always, our licensed bail bond professionals are happy to consult with each client about the specifics of the case, your personal concerns and financial situation. For fast, professional bail bonds in Baltimore City, Towson, Annapolis, & Following Counties: Baltimore County, Howard County, Anne Arundel, Harford, Carroll, Frederick, Washington, Montgomery, & Prince George’s counties,contact us online.Call our licensed bail bond agents 24/7 at