Bail can be set as a result of several different circumstances. Bail can be set as a result from an arrest, failure to appear in court on previous charges, or an arrest warrant stemming from a criminal investigation. If you are arrested, your bail will be set by the arresting agency. After you are booked and processed, you will be assigned a bail amount. It is important to understand that this bail amount is subject to change. The bail amount can go up, down or stay the same based on the evidence presented to the prosecutor.
If you fail to appear in court on previous charges, the judge will issue what is called a bench warrant. This bench warrant will include a bail amount. In the event that you have a bench warrant and have not been arrested you will need to do what is called a “walk through.” This is when you go to the jail with your bondsman and are booked and processed.You are then released to return to court at 1:30 pm that afternoon for you arraignment where the bondsman will post your bond. You never sit in a cell. If you have an arrest warrant from a criminal investigation and have not been arrested, this will require a walk through as well. If you are stopped by a law enforcement agency, you will be subject to the bond amount that is stated in the arrest warrant.
After bond has been set you have the option of paying the full bond amount, pledging real property to the state, or hiring a bondsman. The bondsman will insure the State that you will go to court for a fee. This fee is usually 10% of the total bond amount but it can be higher based on how much of a liability the client is. The fee is paid by the client or the client’s family. All bonds with Mr. Bail will require a cosigner. A cosigner is someone who agrees to pay the full amount if the defendant does not show up for court.
If your bond goes up after formal charges are filed, you will be responsible for paying the difference. For example, if you bond out on a $1000 bond, then your premium would be $100. If your bond is increased to $2000 after formal charges are filed, then you would be responsible for the additional $100 to bring your premium to $200.