Get Answers to the Bail Bond Questions You Have
Q. How much does a bond cost?
Q. How can I pay?
A. Under current law, a defendant has an absolute right to bail if the custody time limits have expired and otherwise ordinarily a right to bail unless there is sufficient reason not to grant it. Any person accused of committing a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Therefore a person charged with a crime, should not be denied freedom unless there is a good reason. The main reasons for refusing bail are that the defendant is accused of an imprison-able offence and there are substantial grounds for believing that the defendant would:
- Abscond, or
- Commit further offences while still on bail, or
- Interfere with witnesses.
The court should take into account:
- The nature and seriousness of the offence or default (and the probable method of dealing with the defendant for it),
- The character, antecedents, associations and community ties of the defendant,
- The defendant’s bail record, and
- The strength of the evidence.
The court may also refuse bail:
- For the defendant’s own protection;
- where the defendant is already serving a custodial sentence for another offence;
- where the court is satisfied that it has not been practicable to obtain sufficient information;
- where the defendant has already absconded in the present proceedings;
- where the defendant has been convicted but the court is awaiting a pre-sentence report, other report or inquiry and it would be impracticable to complete the inquiries or make the report without keeping the defendant in custody;
- where the defendant is charged with a non-imprisonable offence, has already been released on bail for the offence with which he is now accused, and has been arrested for absconding or breaching bail.
Where the accused has previous convictions for certain homicide or sexual offences, the burden of proof is on the defendant to rebut a presumption against bail.
Q. What are my responsibilities of a co-signer?
A. cosigner, someone willing to sign for the defendant, is responsible for the following three things:
- To make sure the defendant makes all appearances to court
- To make sure the defendant notifies Lightning Bail Bonds of changes to their address, phone or employment
- To make sure the premium is paid (if applicable)
Q. What are the benefits of bailing someone out of jail?
A. here are several benefits to consider:
- Defendants can go back to work, school, home, family, and continue with usual daily life.
- Permits the unhampered preparation of a defense.
- Serves to prevent the infliction of punishment prior to conviction.
- To prevent the defendant absconding;
- To prevent the defendant committing further offences whilst on bail;
- To prevent the defendant interfering with witnesses; or
- for the defendant’s own protection (or if he is a child or young person, for his own welfare or in his own interests).
Q. What do I need to bail someone out of jail?
A. In addition to the bond fee, there are two things that a cosigner needs to bail someone out of jail:
Valid State ID
- Employment History