Brief explanation of how bail bonds work (American liberty Bail Bonds)
A bail bond is defined as a written agreement or promised that is usually signed by a defendant and gives assurance that the criminal defendant will avail them in court for hearing at the arranged time and date, as the court ordered. Also, the amount of the bail is set by the same court. When a person who has been arrested and taken to a county or city jail, they have to be booked into custody, after which an assessment of his/her background is done to check if the person is wanted by law enforcement or has an outstanding warrant elsewhere. The bail is usually set by the court itself if the person is found with no issues. The process of booking usually varies between different courts and is done by magistrates.
Many people who get arrested and booked into city jailed are usually transferred to county jails in order for them to appear in court later. The other reason why they are transferred to a county jail is for housing. Here, the booking will be done twice and be adding on the time taken to transfer the person, it can usually take up to eight hours if the booking was never done in the city jail. A bail bond can only be posted if the booking process is complete.
So what does the bond amount depend on? The defendant’s previous history and the extent of the charge are usually the main focus points but the job history, arrangements of living and the situation of the family also come into consideration. Every year, every State (Country) prepares a bail schedule with bonds allocated or put in line with each crime. With all the factors highlighted above and the schedule of the bail determine the amount of the bail.