What is Bail?
When a person is arrested and taken into custody, the court system will set a date and time for a trial. This can be weeks or even months away. This can mean sitting in jail for the entire wait until the trial. However, the U.S. justice system allows for some defendants to be released by paying money as a financial guarantee to the courts as sort of an insurance policy that they will show up for their trial. This exchange of money is known as bail.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the unit of the government that arrests and detains anyone found violating U.S. immigration law. In order for the detainee to be released until his or her court date, an immigration bond must be obtained. Detainees must first meet the qualifications before they can receive an immigration bail bond, though, which we will go over in this article. In addition, the ICE can release the detainee based on what is known as personal recognizance, which is a promise they make saying they’ll be present for all court appearances and will not partake in illegal activities while out on bail, and it doesn’t cost anything. Whenever the immigration judge (or the ICE) sets a required bond amount, however, it’s time to think about obtaining an immigration bond. It is the job of an immigration bail bondsman to help detainees through the process of obtaining one and to post bail for them.
If you have ever been arrested, you understand the freedom “posting bail” provides; it prevents the defendant from sitting in a jail cell until a judge is available for the bail hearing. It gives the defendant a chance to spend time with loved ones, make arrangements, and take care of unfinished business before being potentially incarcerated. It also allows defendants to return to work and preserve their job.
How is the Utah Bail Schedule Determined?
The first person you call when you’ve been arrested is likely your lawyer. If your alleged crime is severe, though, you’ll probably need to make a call to a bail bondsman. Not all crimes warrant the need of a bail bondsman. Minor offenses may allow the officers at the jail to issue a standard bail amount and release an arrestee with little or no time in a jail cell. Jailhouses usually have a bail schedule that they refer to for minor offenses. Serious offenses, however, may require a bail hearing by a judge. In this scenario, the arrestee waits in a jail cell until the judge is available. Several factors go into a judge’s bail determination.
What Does Co-signing a Bail Bond Mean?
Co-signing a bail bond entails signing a promissory note or an indemnity agreement which financially obligates you to pay the entire bail amount if the accused person or persons do not appear in court. After co-signing the bail bond, the accused will subsequently be released from detention during the resolution period in which his or her charges will be heard in a court of law. Two important points about co-signing:
Recently Greg Holt, an inmate in Arkansas, sought to grow a beard for religious purposes, which is denied to inmates except for those who cannot shave due to medical problems. Is this a right or a privilege? And if it is a privilege, do all inmates all get the same access to privileges?
Bad Boys Bail Bonds Utah is a family owned bonding agency that began in 2005. This year we are celebrating our 10 year anniversary. We started the business after witnessing people who had made minor legal mistakes being treated like nothing more than a dollar sign. We realized that we could be part of the problem, or part of the solution. We help families navigate the complex legal system and get their loved ones back to their regular lives and jobs. Being in the bail bonds business is rewarding to provide a service people depend on.
In 1842, Charles Dickens wrote that an inmate in solitary confinement “is a man buried alive … dead to everything but torturing anxieties and horrible despair.”
In their Statement for the Record to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Solitary Confinement in June of 2012, the Physicians for Human Rights confirmed that 170 years later, Dickens’ observations still apply. Although the harmful effects of solitary confinement have been well documented since its first use in the early 19th century, isolation has seen a resurgence in popularity since the 1980s. Solitary Watch offers the following estimate on the number of U.S. prisoners currently detained inside cramped, concrete, windowless cells in a state of near-total solitude: