How to Bond Out of Jail

How can I get my family member or friend 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:

1. Flight from the community
2. Serious threat to the community
3. Committing a crime, especially a felony, while out on bond
4. Intimidation of witnesses

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Types of Bonds

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.

Non-Bailable Charges

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.