Bail can be a complicated process, made only more complex by the stressful situation it is a part of. Bail is an amount of money set by the judge to secure the release of an accused person while they wait for their trial. It can also be used as a form of collateral to ensure that the accused returns for their later trial date. Once an amount of bail is set, the accused can pay it to the court to get out of jail, with the stipulation that they will return for their court date. While bail for misdemeanors is typically set around $500, that number can vary based on several factors, with more severe crimes having a much higher amount set. If you’ve been arrested and are trying to make bail, HB Bail Bonds can help. Our professional bail bondsmen have years of experience helping people get out of custody, so they can await trial at home.
One of the biggest questions people often ask when posting bail in Ohio is whether or not they will get their money back. Most often, a standard bail bond is put into effect. Also known as an “appearance bond” or a “10 percent bond,” it requires the accused to pay the court a deposit of 10 percent of the determined bond amount. If the accused appears at each court date, at the end of the case, they will get back 90 percent of the 10 percent they submitted of the total bond amount. If at the conclusion of the trial you are found Not Guilty or the charges are dismissed, you will get 100 percent of your bail deposit back. Also, if your case is resolved in any other way, your deposit will be refunded minus administrative fees, court costs, and fines.
It’s important to note how critical it is that you show up for your court date if you are released on bail. If you do not appear for your court date, you instantly forfeit your bail deposit, and a warrant is issued for your arrest.
At HB Bail Bonds, we know that this is an incredibly stressful time. We want to make it easier. We do everything we can to get you or your loved one out of jail. We bring all the necessary documentation and paperwork to the court so you don’t have to worry. Whether you need help paying or don’t understand the process of bail, our Columbus Bail bondsmen work with you throughout the entire process. Call us at (614) 928-3450 today to learn more.