The moment a bail agency contracts with a client the agency becomes liable to the court. Each agent is responsible to see to it that his defendant appears in court for all scheduled proceedings leading up to and including his trial date. The defendant will pay the bail agency a nominal fee – usually 15% of the total amount of the bail set by the judge – as payment for the agency to take on such a responsibility.
Because the bail agency is accepting this liability the defendant may be asked to produce some form of collateral as an added assurance that the defendant intends to meet his obligation to the court. Collateral can consist of anything of a value that is compatible with the risk. The agency may also require that a second person besides the defendant sign the bail agreement.
The defendant will be released from custody a soon as the “bail ticket” issued by the court clerk is presented to the authorities, documenting that bail has been paid to the court. All liability ends when the case has been concluded regardless of the outcome, or if the defendant is arrested on other charge.
The seriousness of the offense whether it be a felony or a misdemeanor will influence the judge in his decision to impose bail or release a defendant on his own recognizance. The decision may come during pretrial hearings, after court proceedings and before sentencing, or pending an appeal on the judgement.
The judge does have a guide to follow that suggests what the amount of bail should be in accordance with the crime that the defendant has been accused of. The final decision however, is completely up to the judge’s discretion. He may take any number of concerns into account for every case that is presented before him. A bail agent will be on hand when the ruling comes down.
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