You Should Know These 5 Bail-Related Terms

Bail is a sum of money paid to the courts in order to be freed from custody following an arrest. The idea is that the money will act as an incentive for you to show up for all of your scheduled court appearances. The bail money is restored if you show up for all of your scheduled court hearings minus any fees. If you or a loved one has been or may be arrested, familiarize yourself with these five bail words.

1. Bail Bond

Instead of using a bail bondsman, many people pay bail from their savings or cash on hand. The courts will refund your cash bail if you attend all of your hearings, though all court costs, fines, and fees will be deducted.

Many Americans, understandably, do not have huge sums of money to utilize as bail. In reality, over 75 percent of all workers live paycheck to paycheck, making it seem hard to raise enough money to pay your loved one’s bail. Bail bond agencies give bail bonds as a result of this. A bail bondsman in Florida is required by law to charge you a fee of ten percent of the bail amount of each bond, or $100 (whichever is greater). In exchange, they will post your bond and you will be required to attend each court date.

2. Collateral

People may utilize collateral to help secure their bail in various instances. Collateral can be used with bail bond agents directly. If you don’t have enough money to pay bail but own a home worth enough to cover the cost, you can provide your home as collateral to the bail bond company guarantee the bond. This is only true if the bond agent asks for the collateral. Please realize that the bail bond agency must always get 10% of the total bail amount or $100, whichever is greater, and that collateral cannot be utilized as a substitute for the 10% bail fees.

3. Conditions

When you post bail to get out of jail, you’re assuring the court that you’ll show up for all of your hearings. Bail may be subject to conditions depending on your criminal history and the sort of offense for which you have been charged. Everyone who is released on bond is under the obligation to follow the law. The courts may, however, prevent you from drinking if the offense involved alcohol and or drugs.

Similarly, if you were also involved in the crime, the courts may order you to remain away from certain people while you are on bail. Other usual requirements include observing a curfew, adhering to travel restrictions, and maintaining or seeking work.

4. Warrant

Warrants are legal documents that provide courts the authority to conduct things like arrest you, search you, or search your property. If you’ve been notified that not having weapons in your possession is a condition of your release, and the courts suspect you do, they may request a search warrant to search your house or another known locations and seize any contraband.

If you fail to appear for your hearing, a bench warrant will be issued in your name. This is a form of arrest warrant that is normally given exclusively to persons who fail to show up for their court appearances. Officers will be dispatched to your house(s) and known locations after the warrant has been issued.

5. Bail Recovery Agent

Another consequence of failing to appear in court is that your bail is forfeited, and if your bail was posted by a bail bond agent, the bail bond agent is now obligated to either arrest you and return you to jail, or pay the full amount of the bail he initially placed on your behalf. Any collateral you may have pledged for your bail bond is now at risk of being forfeited in order to assist the forfeited bail being paid to the courts and the person(s) who guaranteed the bond will be sued.

If you need bail, these terms will assist you comprehend your predicament. Contact Alliance Bail Bonds if you have any questions concerning bail and bonds call today (386) 257-5116 or visit our website at:

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