Offenses such as burglary, fraud, driving under the influence, murder, drugs and gun charges, and many other can be considered felony charges. These charges are often considered the most serious in nature and can be categorized by many types of crimes. Felony charges are ranked in severity between levels 1 through 5; with 5 being the least severe offense and 1 being the most. A felony charge can be violent or non-violent crime. Within 48 hours of a person’s arrest on a felony charge, they’ll appear before a judge to have a bond set. Bonds are set at the judge’s discretion based on the charge, criminal record, history of failing to appear to court and public safety. Judges can set either a Recognizance Bond, or an Appearance Bond at their discretion. In a Recognizance Bond, also known as a Signature Bond, the defendant signs an agreement detailing their release, but requiring them to return to court on a given date or face a steep financial penalty. An Appearance Bond can be paid to the court to release a person in custody while their case is pending. If the Appearance Bond is too high, a payment arrangement can be worked out with a sutert bail bond agent. If a judge sets a cash surety bond, you must either put up the entire cash amount, or hire a licensed surety bail bond agent. A Licensed surety bail bond agent will be paid ten percent unless otherwise determined.
Felony Bonds can be in two courts. In most Ohio Counties, new felony charges start in municipal court and are dismissed out, or transferred to common pleas court. In some cases the defendant may already be out on bond, and can be rearrested and arraigned again.