24/7 Bail Services By Bail Experts
Regardless of the crime charged, after an arrest a person goes from being a suspect to a defendant. The defendant is taken to the local law enforcement station – sheriff, police precinct or otherwise – to be processed and booked. After all of the basic information of the defendant has been taken down and fingerprinting and a photograph has been filed, the defendant should be fully informed of their available options moving forward. As long as the defendant is not deemed as an immediate or imminent threat to the public for any specific person, then bail is granted so that a defendant has the opportunity of being released from jail while waiting for trial. Grimes’ Bail Bonding & Notary Services bondsmen provide full bail services throughout North Carolina, 24/7.
Though the Sixth Amendment in the U.S. Constitution grants the right to a speedy trial, the definition of “speedy” may be up for interpretation. It is not uncommon that the set date of trial from the time an arrest has been made can be 6 months or a year later. Bail, which may never be set to an excessive amount, as granted in the Eighth Amendment, provides the opportunity for the defendant to not spend that time between the arrest and the beginning of the trial behind bars. Sitting in jail for the unjustly accused or for main family providers can be a horrible scenario that nobody wants.
What is Bail?
The bail amount is set by the judge, depending on the crime at hand, the circumstances of the crime, and the background of the defendant. Background means any previous criminal record, any record of mental illness, alcohol or drug abuse, and especially ties to the community. Basically, the higher the risk of a person running from law enforcement rather than attend trial as well as the severity of the crime, the higher the bail monetary amount. The smaller the crime and the lower the risk of a defendant trying to run, the more accommodating the bail amount.
How to Pay Bail
Bail can be paid in a few different manners:
- Released on Own Recognizance is when bail is waived by the court on your promise to attend all future trial dates promptly. This doesn’t require any payment and it is rarely granted.
- Cash Bond is when you pay the full bail amount in cash or check directly to the court. This is meant to assure extra incentive for the attendance of the defendant at trial. Regardless of the case outcome, the full bail amount will be returned at the conclusion of the case to whomever pays it in the first place. Cash bonds are especially difficult for most people as it is an uncommon occurrence to have that much money easily on hand.
- Property Bond is when a defendant or someone related to the defendant puts up a piece of property – like a house or a car – which is of equal or greater value to the bail amount. If the defendant doesn’t attend future court dates or “skips on bail” then that piece of property is forfeited to the court automatically.
- Surety Bond is when a bail bondsman is used. This transaction involves paying a small fraction of the bail, usually only 10%, to the bail agent and it is the bail bond company which puts up the full bond to the court. This is the best choice available since it costs the least and acts the fastest. Many courts and jails REQUIRE the use of a bail bondsman for bail to be paid at all.
For 24/7 full bail services in North Carolina, Call Grimes’ Bail Bonding & Notary Services. We offer total bail services as soon as you need them, including notarization of any bail-related and non-bail related documents!