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What is a bond?

What is a Bond?

When you are arrested, the Sheriff of the county where you are being detained needs legal authorization to detain you. The arrest warrant is the document authorizing the Sheriff to detain you. A bond is used to provide assurances to the court that if you are released on bond, that you will come to all future court dates until your case has been resolved. Most counties have a set schedule of bonds for most offensives. Thus, when you are booked into the jail, a bond amount is shown. The most serious crimes must have a bond hearing before superior court judge to determine if bond will be set.

You can post the bond by paying the entire amount due in cash. If you pay the bond in cash, then when the case is over, the cash paid for the bond will be returned to the person listed on the bond receipt.

If you use a bonding company, you pay the bonding company a service fee of approximately 12-15% of the total bond amount. The bonding company then post the entire bond amount from their account. When the case is closed, you do not get any money returned. The sheriff’s office returns to the bonding company the entire amount of money they posted on your behalf.

Another option is using property as collateral for your bond. You would contact the sheriff’s office and ask about the process to use property for bond.

Another option is an “own recognizance” bond. In this option, you are allowed to sign your name as collateral for the bond amount.  No cash is exchanged.

Besides the monetary aspect of the bond, a bond can also have conditions added to it. Some common bond conditions are to stay away from the alleged victim, to stay away from the incident location/business, surrender your weapons, submit to anger management classes, and to not commit any other crimes while on bond.

If a person does not comply with the conditions of bond, then the bond can be revoked, a bench warrant issued ordering you to be arrested and any monies or property posted for the bond are subject to forfeiture.

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