Being arrested or having a loved one land in jail can be traumatic and costly. By paying bail, you avoid spending weeks or months behind bars, awaiting trial. The U.S. justice system offers several types of bail bonds, from cash bail to surety bonds. At Bad Boys Bail Bonds, our experienced agents help you or your loved one get out of jail as quickly and affordably as possible.
Bail Bonds: How They Work
Seven types of bail bonds serve as “insurance” that defendants will show up for their court dates.
- Cash Bond: Amounts ordered by the court if a defendant is considered a flight risk, are usually too high to be paid.
- Citation Release: When an officer arrests a suspect, but immediately releases him with a specific date to appear in court, such as a traffic ticket.
- Released on Your Own Recognizance: Like a “get out of jail free” card, a suspect is released without making payment, but signs a pledge to return to court at a specified time. A fee is incurred if the pledge is not honored.
- Property Bond: Employs property as collateral against bail. Any property can be used as long as the person pledging it has authorized access to it and its value is at least twice the bail amount.
- Federal Bail Bonds: Applicable in crimes that lie outside the jurisdiction of state authorities. In such cases, a third party with proven assets signs an agreement to pay if the accused skips bail.
- Immigration Bonds: The most expensive because of complicated processing, these are reserved for illegal aliens who need bail.
- Surety Bonds: The most common type, secured on the defendant’s behalf by a third party who puts up collateral, usually working with a bail bondsman to establish the terms of the loan and the inmate’s release.
Bail is not an option for those who commit capital crimes. For lesser offenses, Utah residents have two ways to pay. Aside from the methods listed above, the other option is to present the full amount to the court in cash.
Affordable Bail Bonds
Bail amounts increase with the severity of the crime, so paying the full amount can be quite expensive. Instead, the defendant’s friends or family can contact a bail bond agent and pay a fraction of the bail amount, usually ten percent. The company issues a bond to the court and is held liable if the suspect fails to appear at trial. As soon as payment is secured and the bondsman delivers it to the jail, the defendant can be released. Once they’re out of jail, it’s critical not to “bail out” on their court date, as failing to appear could land them behind bars again.
Paying the full amount of bail sets you back even more financially if charges are lowered or dropped. Bail bonds save money in the long run. Being released from jail means you can return to work and resume your normal routine. As long as you check in with the judge on the specified date and do not commit another crime before trial, you won’t be charged any additional fees.
At Bad Boys Bail Bonds, We’re Here to Help
Licensed by the State of Utah, our professional agents are available across the entire state, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to help you or a loved one who has been detained. You will be treated with the respect and dignity you deserve. Contact us here, or call 801-895-4014 for fair, confidential bonds, no hidden fees, and fast, friendly service.