No one likes to think about seeing themselves getting arrested, but this happens every day and for a wide range of reasons like a warrant in another state or unpaid parking tickets. Before you find yourself in handcuffs, you may want to take a look at the process of how the court will set your bail.
Deciding the Amount of Bail
You will typically appear at a bail hearing in front of a judge within several days of your arrest. The judge will look at a number of factors like the crime you’re accused of, any ties you have to the community and any issues surrounding the crime.
If you have close ties to the community and face a lesser charge, the judge will usually require that you post a smaller bail amount. Judges often place a higher bail amount on those who facing serious charges and those who might flee before the case reaches trial.
Paying Your Bail
Whether the judge sets your bail at $5,000 or $25,000 or more, you may not have the funds at your disposal. If you need help paying your bail, you can work with a bail bondsman. These professionals usually charge a deposit equal to 10% of your total bail amount and make you sign an agreement that you will pay the total in full if you flee or miss your court appearance. Judges look at various factors when setting the bail of an arrested person, but bondsman can help you pay your bail.