If you have ever been arrested, you probably already understand that “posting bail” provides freedom almost instantly. With no option of bail, a defendant will be made to sit in a jail cell until a judge is available for their hearing. Posting bail gives the defendant a chance to spend time with loved ones and make proper legal arrangements and work arrangements before the official trial. Sometimes, it can be the factor that determines whether or not a defendant will be able to keep his or her job. On both the state and federal level, bail can be paid with cash or money order. If a defendants does not have adequate funds to pay bail, they may purchase a bond instead for a small portion of the bail amount. When opting for this course of action, the accused has to promise to pay the full amount if he or she fails to appear in court. Again, this applies to both state and federal courts. Specific statues, however, will vary.
Federal Bail Bond Statutes
When suspects will be tried in a federal court, federal statutes govern the bail bond process. One federal bail bond statue, for example, allows courts to retain dangerous individuals before trial to protect the public. They may retain those charged with a violent crime and those charged with serious drug offenses without bail. They can also retain any previous felony offenders, people considered to be flight risks and people likely to tamper with legal investigations or witness testimonies. These statutes are relevant in federal cases in particular because federal cases typically involve larger crimes.
Georgia Bail Bond Statutes
Any states that allow bail bonds, Georgia included, must carefully govern those practicing the sale of bonds and ensure that they conduct business ethically and according to strict official guidelines. In the state of Georgia, those charged with a violent capital felony or a felony committed while on probation can be held without bail. Furthermore, state bail will no longer be available to those arrested for a failure to appear in court which makes sense really, since the purpose of pre-trial bail to begin with is to encourage trial attendance. Georgia bail statutes allow a surety aka a bondsman or bond agent to arrest and produce to court an individual who failed to appear. In order to become a “bail recovery agent” with the power to arrest, many guidelines must be met. Our agents are all thoroughly qualified when it comes to both issuing bonds and recovering those that fail to appear in court. It’s all part of what makes our bail bond company a reputable one in North Georgia. Our staff maintains a thorough knowledge of state and federal guidelines and we always conduct business in a professional and ethical manner.
Get in touch with our office today, online, in-person or over the phone, to begin exploring all the bail options available for your case.