When the police and District Attorney decide to bring charges, there are two ways they can make sure you come to court. The first is a summons, where you sign a document and promise you will appear. If you do not appear, then a warrant is issued for your arrest.
The other way is a bond. There are three types of bonds: cash, property and surety. Cash bonds mean someone provides a certain amount of cash, as set by the court. The Court then holds that cash until the case is completed. If there is a failure to appear, the cash is seized by the court. If there are no failures to appear, then the cash is returned once the case is completed.
Property bonds require real property, like a house, to be posted. The Court has special procedures and documents that are required in order to post a bond like this. The property has a lien on it while the case is pending. If there is a failure to appear, the property is seized and becomes the property of the court. If there are no failures to appear, then the lien is removed and the property is unencumbered.
The most common form of a bond is a surety bond, or one that is posted by a bondsman. For this type of bond, you pay the bondsman a percentage of the total amount of the bond and he will post the rest for you. However, the premium you pay the bondsman is his fee for posting the bond. Regardless of whether or not you appear in court, that money will not be refunded.
The law firm of Fuicelli & Lee, PC works with several bondsmen who give our clients a premium since we refer them business. If you are in need of a bondsman call us today. We can work with you on your case and on getting your bond posted.
For a free initial consultation with Fuicelli & Lee, PC to discuss bail and bond information, send us an e-mail or call 303-355-7202.