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What is the Difference Between Bail and Bond?

What is the Difference Between Bail and Bond?

The terms “bail” and “bond” are often used interchangeably, but they actually are not the same. If you are ever taken into custody, it’s important to understand the difference between bail and bond.

What is Bail?

Defendants who have been taken into custody and charged with a crime will be released from jail if they either post bail or obtain a bond. Bail is a specific amount of money that must be paid in order to secure the defendant’s release. This is not a punishment for being accused of committing a crime, but rather a way for the court to ensure that you will not flee to escape legal consequences. If you fail to appear in court, you will automatically forfeit the bail money.

The amount of bail needed to secure a defendant’s release is set by a judge during a bail hearing. The judge will consider a number of factors when setting bail, including the nature of the crime and the defendant’s criminal record.

What is a Bond?

Many people cannot afford to pay the bail that is set by the judge. However, this does not mean people who cannot afford bail will be left in jail. If bail is unaffordable, defendants have the option of obtaining a bond for their release instead.

Bonds are posted on the defendant’s behalf by a bail bond company. To obtain a bond, the defendant or a loved one must provide collateral, such as a home or vehicle. The person obtaining a bond must also pay a percentage of the bail amount, usually between 10-20%. Then, the bail bond company will sign an agreement that states they will pay the full bail amount if the defendant fails to appear in court. If the defendant fails to appear in court, the defendant will lose the collateral put up to secure the loan and the bail bond company will pay the full bail amount.

To put it simply, both bail and bonds can be used to free a defendant from jail. However, the difference between these two terms is the source of the funds used to secure the defendant’s freedom.

If you have been accused of committing a crime, contact Reisch Law Firm as soon as possible. Our criminal defense attorneys will immediately begin working to secure your release. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.

When is Bail Revoked?

When is Bail Revoked?

Getting released on bail after being arrested and taken to jail can be a huge relief. But, the freedom that you experience after being released on bail could be short-lived. In some cases, bail will be revoked and you will be taken back into custody. When is bail revoked? Here are some of the ways that you can be sent back to jail after being released on bail:

Committing A Crime

Defendants who are released on bail are expected to obey the law while they free. If a defendant commits another crime while out on bail, the bail will be immediately revoked. Committing a crime while out on bail shows the court that you may be a threat to the community and that you have no respect for the law.

Violating Other Conditions of Bail

If you have been released on bail, there are certain rules that you must follow. For example, the judge may tell you that you are not allowed to make contact with the victim of the crime that you are accused of committing. If you call the victim once out on bail, this would give the court a reason to revoke your bail and take you into custody. Again, violating the conditions of your bail shows a complete disregard for the law.

Failing to Appear in Court

Defendants are required to appear in court for scheduled hearings if they are out on bail. If a defendant fails to appear for a court hearing, the judge will revoke his bail and issue a bench warrant for your arrest. It is very unlikely that the judge will be willing to listen to you explain why you missed your scheduled hearing, so don’t make the mistake of assuming you can get out of trouble by coming up with an excuse.

If your bail is revoked for one of these reasons, it is not likely that you will be granted bail for a second time. This means in most cases, you will be in custody until your trial begins. The property or cash that you or a loved one put up to secure your release will also be handed over to the court if your bail is revoked.

If you have been charged with a crime, it’s important to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys at Reisch Law Firm will fight tirelessly to reach the best possible outcome in your case. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.