Getting arrested can be scary. Jail isn’t always a safe place for accused criminals; if you’ve never been to jail before you may be at the mercy of gangs and other violent criminals. It’s also harder to plan your defense strategy with your attorney from jail. Fortunately, there are many options if you want to get out of jail pending your trial. Just Bail Bonds can help secure your early jail release.
In some cases, you may not even be taken to jail. This usually happens with traffic tickets and minor violations of law such as possessing very small amounts of marijuana. The police officer writes you a ticket at the site of the incident and has you sign it. You can then go home until your court date.
If you don’t have a criminal record and are not considered a flight risk, you may be released on your own recognizance. This means that the court trusts you to come back for your trial and doesn’t require you to pay bail. You simply have to sign paperwork stating that you understand you have to attend your court hearing. Obviously, this is the ideal option because you and your family won’t be out any money.
If the court believes you are a flight risk or if you are accused of a particularly heinous crime, you must post bail in order to be released. Bail is cash held in escrow to ensure you return for trial. If you don’t attend your court hearing, you will forfeit the bail amount. Bail can be $25,000 or more in some cases.
If you can’t afford to post bail, one option is to use a property bond. Property bonds involve using your home’s equity to get a bail loan. Your equity must be 150% of the bail amount, and this process can take several weeks.
Another option for those who can’t post bail on their own is to get a loan from a bail bonds company called a surety bond. The bail bond process requires you to pay 10% of the bail amount up front. You then have to pay back the loan over time.
Surety bonds are often the best way to free yourself so that you can call your attorney from the safety of your home. If you or a loved one has been arrested, contact Just Bail Bonds at 214-272-0792 for help with Dallas bail bonds.