What is Bail?

How does bail work?

When an individual is arrested for a crime, typically that person will be taken to a local law enforcement station for booking, prior to incarceration in a station lockup or county jail. Once arrested and booked, the defendant has several options for release pending the conclusion of his or her case. Bail is designed to guarantee the appearance of a defendant in court at the time the judge directs.

What are the release options if someone is arrested?

There are five basic release options available. The five options are:

Cash Bail

Cash bail means a person must give the court the total amount of the bail in cash. The cash will be held by the court until the defendant appears to all of his/her court cases and the case is concluded. Full
cash bonds provide a powerful incentive for the defendant to appear in court. If the defendant appears for all of his/her scheduled court appearances, the cash bail should be returned in full.

Surety Bond

An alternative to cash bail is a surety bond. This process involves a contractual undertaking guaranteed by an admitted insurance company having adequate assets to satisfy the face value of the bond.

The bail agent guarantees to the court that they will pay the bond forfeiture if a defendant fails to appear for their scheduled court appearances. The bail agent’s guarantee is made through a surety company and/or by pledging property owned by the bail agent. For this service, the defendant is charged a premium (typically 10% of the bail amount in Colorado). For example, if the bail amount in $10,000.00, the premium charged is $1,000.00. Prior to the posting of the surety bond, the defendant, friend or relative must contact a licensed bail agent. Once a bail agent is contacted, an interview or appointment will be immediately scheduled.

By involving the family and friends of a defendant, as well as through the acceptance of collateral, the bail agent can be reasonably assured that the defendant released on a surety bond will appear to all of his/her court appearances. After this procedure is completed, the bail agent will post a bond for the full bail amount, financially guaranteeing the defendant’s return to court as scheduled. With money on the line, the bail agent has a financial interest in supervising bailees, and ensuring that they appear in court each end every time the court orders them to appear. If the defendant does not appear in court (skips), the bail agent has time and the fi nancial incentive to find the defendant and bring him/her to court.

Property Bond

In rare cases an individual may be released by posting a property bond with the court. With a property bond, the court records a lien on the property to secure the bail amount. If the defendant fails to appear in court as scheduled, the court may foreclose on the property to obtain the forfeited bail amount.

Release on Personal (Own) Recognizance (P.R.)

Another method of release, pending trial, is through a county or law enforcement administered pre-trial release program. Usually, the employees of these programs interview defendants in custody and make recommendations to the court regarding the release of these individuals on their own recognizance (i.e., without any financial security to insure the defendant’s return). The interview process is often conducted over the telephone, usually with little inquiry into the defendant’s background. The interview process attempts to determine whether the detainee is likely to appear in court. There is usually no verifi cation of information provided by the defendant. Since no money, property or bond is posted to secure the defendant’s appearance in court, he/she faces no personal economic hardship from the conscious decision not to appear in court.

Release on Citation (Cite Out)

This procedure involves the issuance of a citation by the arresting offi cer to the arrestee, informing the arrestee that he/she must appear in court at an appointed court date. The “Cite Out” usually occurs immediately after an individual is arrested. As a consequence of the failure to follow complete booking procedures, the true identity and background of most individuals released on citation is never established. This results in the release of numerous arrestees who may have outstanding bench warrants pending or who may present a signifi cant danger to society. Accordingly, in those cases involving “Cite Outs”, the arrestee may never be placed in custody. Like the Own Recognizance (O.R.) release, the defendant’s appearance in court depends exclusively on the integrity of the defendant voluntarily returning to court as ordered by the court.

How soon can he/she get out of jail?

It typically takes anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour to be released on bail in a Municipal or City Jail. If a defendant is booked into a county jail, it usually takes anywhere from 2 to 8 hours to be released on bail.

What are bail bonds?

Someone arrested on a criminal charge may be held until trial, unless they furnish the required bail. The posting of a bail bond acquired by or on behalf of the incarcerated person is one means of meeting the required bail.
When a bond is issued, the bonding company guarantees that the defendant will appear in court at a given time and place. The Government entity (state or federal) in whose court the defendant must appear is protected by the bond.

If the defendant fails to appear, the bond amount becomes payable and is forfeited as a penalty by the surety insurer issuing the bond. Bail bonds usually require collateral (cash, a deed, or other property) to protect the surety.

Who issues bail bonds?

Bail bonds are issued by licensed “Bail Agents” who specialize in their underwriting and issuance. Bail agents act as the appointed representatives of licensed surety insurance companies. Be sure to ask if your bail bondsman is licensed by the state.

How much does a bail agent charge?

The cost to the consumer will be about 10% of the total amount of the bond, plus actual, necessary and reasonable

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