How to Bond Out of Jail
Most people get a bond quickly once arrested. The amount of a bond for each individual depends on the seriousness of the charges. Most courts have a master bond schedule setting the amount that must be posted for each offense charged. Before granting a bond, a judge considers the likelihood of four important risk factors:
- Flight from the community
- Serious threat to the community
- Committing a crime, especially a felony, while out on bond
- Intimidation of witnesses
Several types of bond can usually be posted to release someone who has been arrested:
- Cash Bond: Bail can be paid in cash. The entire amount of the cash bond (minus jail fees) will be refunded after the case is completed in court.
- Commercial Bond: A bonding company can post bail for a non-refundable fee, usually 10-15% of the total bail amount.
- Property Bond: Real estate owned with sufficient equity may be posted as collateral for bail. All property owners must be present when the bond is written.
- Pretrial Services Agency Bond: Defendants demonstrating sufficient community ties (for example, duration of employment) and meeting other requirements may be allowed to make bond upon payment of a percentage of the total bond amount to the relevant Pretrial Services Agency.
- Recognizance Bond: A judge may allow a defendant to sign his or her own bond in lieu of posting bail.
Some charges have no bail at the municipal level.Bail for murder, rape, armed robbery, and selling narcotics, for example, must be set by a judge in Superior Court.