Finding out a friend or loved one is in jail is never easy, and it usually sparks a lot of concern. Are they okay? How do you get them out? Do you need a bail bond?
Getting Someone Out of Jail
To understand how to get someone out of jail without Santa Clarita bail bonds, you first need to know how bail is set.
Generally, when someone is arrested, they go through the booking and processing procedure, bail is set, and then the inmate is eligible to for release via bail bond. But, in some cases, it’s possible for the inmate to be released without setting bail.
How Much Does Bail Cost?
The cost of bailing someone out depends a lot on the number and severity of the crimes a person is charged with. However, the defendant’s prior criminal history and flight risk status also play a part in the cost of bail.
When someone has been arrested for a non-violent, not-too-serious crime, you might not have to bail them out at all. Below are the other options for release aside from bail.
Own Recognizance (O.R.) – Sometimes a judge will allow someone to be released on their own recognizance (no bail required). All the defendant has to do to be released is sign a paper promising to return to the courthouse at the appointed date and time. Most often, release on O.R. is possible with minor crimes and a defendant who doesn’t pose a flight risk.
Signature Bond – Working with a lawyer can sometimes grant you access to a signature bond. A signature bond works similarly to being released on O.R. The defendant must sign an agreement stating they will return to court at the appointed date and time. If they fail to do so, they might be responsible for paying monetary penalties.
PR Bond – People with nonviolent criminal histories are sometimes eligible for a PR bond. When released on a PR bond, the defendant usually has certain responsibilities to remain free, such as attending therapy or some other type of treatment. Provided the defendant tends to their release obligations, they will remain free pending their trial.
Most often, these options are available only to those who have committed low-level, non-violent crimes. For many people, bail bonds are the most affordable, simplest, and fastest way to get someone out of jail.
If you have any questions about bailing someone out of jail, please feel free to contact us at any time.