How To Get Bail Bonds ? [Answered]

If you've never had to deal with the criminal justice system before, many of its procedures and timelines can seem inscrutable. In reality, each jurisdiction has its own ebb and flow, and the processes for arraignment and bail are fairly consistent, it's just that some times are busier than others. Of course, to people who are trying to learn to navigate a new bureaucracy in the middle of a high pressure situation, that can be hard to appreciate. That's why it's important to know how bail and bond work, what each offers for advantages and disadvantages, and how to act quickly to minimize the amount of extra time a loved one is in jail after an arrest.

Bail vs. Bond

The first thing to understand is the difference between posting bail and bond. Sometimes, the judge will specify one or the other as your only option for reasons related to the case. Typically, such a decision will include a short statement about why as it limits options. In most cases where a number is set for bail, though, you can choose either option. Bail requires you to pay the full amount set by the judge out of pocket, but it's refunded after the required court dates have all been met and the case is over. Bond, on the other hand, involves paying a nonrefundable fee to a bonding company to post bail. In some rare cases, it may also require additional collateral because of a high bond amount. This allows families to secure a release for loved ones with high bail costs who would otherwise have no way to raise bail money, as well as an efficient option for people who simply don't want to tie that much up at once.

When To Call for a Bond

Many Anoka County bail bonds are issued within a couple hours of the arraignment, but to get the fastest service, you need to know when to call. There's no way to process a bond and get a release before arraignment, but starting the process of applying for a bond early might help get all the paperwork together so you can move forward right away. Once the arraignment happens and a bail or bond amount is set, the faster you get the bond service working, the faster the release will happen. That being said, even after the bond is paid it can take some time for the release to be completed because of the procedures for processing people back out.

Federal vs. State Bonds

Some companies work strictly on federal or state court cases, but most Minnesota bail bonds are available from providers who can meet your needs in either jurisdiction. Even so, make sure you check to see if the companies you are considering will cover the exact jurisdiction you're in before you try to start the application process. It just saves you time.

Remember, while bail is usually granted for nonviolent crimes and even many violent ones, it is ultimately up to the judge at arraignment. That means you don't know for certain whether bail is possible until after that hearing. Sometimes defendants are even released on recognizance, without bail. Talking to an attorney before arraignment is the best way to get advice about bail probabilities.

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