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When a person is being arrested, it doesn’t necessarily imply the individual would spend jail time – at least, not till the end verdict is out in the open. A suspect could, and usually does, get respite temporarily while the trial takes place. This can be accomplished by posting bail or bail bond. In this write-up, we’ll look at what a bail bond is, the bond process, bond types, and some specifics pertaining to Beaumont bail bonds.
What exactly is a Bail Bond?
A kind of surety bond, bail bonds are essentially an agreement as per which a defendant can either show up for trial or pay a judge-ascertained sum to the court. The bond has a bail bondsman as co-signee, who guarantees the payment and charges the criminal defendant a commission in return. The bond is a specific percentage of the entire bond money. Bail bondsmen usually charge 10 percent of the bail money beforehand as service fee along with some additional fees. Some states could set a ceiling of eight percent on the sum charged, but that isn’t the case in Texas.
Types of Bail Bonds
Bail bonds come in different types and a defendant can select a bond type that suits their purpose or requirements well. The bond kind the defendant will be qualified to post would depend on several factors, which include the charged offense, the defendant’s current financial state and the total bail sum.
The following are some of the common bond types:
• Cash Bail
A defendant or anyone could directly post a cash bail with the detention facility or jail to secure release. To post bail would entail paying the complete bail money by cash, travelers check, check, or any other type of legal tender. However, several corrections departments may not accept cash bails that aren’t fully paid in cash.
• Surety Bond
A surety bond is a relatively common bond type. Surety bonds can be likened to insurance policies. If the obligation the surety bond sets forth cannot be fulfilled, the bond provider would pay the entire amount. In other words, if the defendant doesn’t show up in court as per the bond agreement, the surety bond provider would pay the entire bail sum.
• Property Bond
This is bail via only collateral, which either the defendant or a person functioning on their behalf could post. The property – for instance, a home or car – should be identical in value to the bail sum and could be forfeited in case the defendant doesn’t show up in court. Besides this, an arrest warrant would be issued against the defendant. If the criminal defendant shows up at all the scheduled dates, the bail would be quashed and the property would be released to the person who posted the collateral. Real estate is usually the property used for such bonds.
Acquiring a property bond would take time. While surety bonds could be obtained within an hour or two, property bonds entail assessing the property in question for its value, which is then followed by a court hearing to make sure everything is correct. In other words, property bonds could take weeks to fully process.
• Citation Release
Of all the bond types, a citation release is ideal for the person being charged since they would never get truly taken into custody. Instead of being immediately sent to jail post an arrest, a defendant could be provided a citation in writing (also called “cite out”) by the police officer. As per the citation, the suspect is ordered to appear in court on a specific date.
Cite outs are usually used for minor infractions, such as traffic violations. Citation releases aren’t something a defendant fights for or applies for. It is issued by the arresting officer instead. If the police officer takes the suspect into custody, the suspected individual would have to try for another kind of bond.
• Recognizance Release
This bond type is the second most easy and convenient bond arrangement after citation release. The defendant need not pay anything. They are expected to promise that they would appear in the court on a given date. Once the paperwork has been signed, the suspect would be taken out of custody. Although zero money is being charged for the release, a fine applies if the person doesn’t appear in court.
Recognizance release also is a bail type that arresting officers give out. However, unlike a citation release, defendants can fight for the bail in court. The advantage to this bail is the defendant need not pay anything. Though there will be lawyer fees attached, the total money spent would be significantly less compared to a property or surety bond.
• Immigration Bond
Non-US citizens arrested and slapped with a legal offense could face detention and immigration proceedings from the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). In such cases, the criminal defendant’s family members and friends should procure an immigration bond, which could be in the form of delivery bonds or intended departure bonds, to ensure the release of the non-US citizen. A delivery bond permits a defendant’s release with the assurance that they would show up for all criminal or immigration proceedings. A voluntary departure bond is granted when the detainee agrees to leave the nation voluntarily by a specific date.
• Federal Bond
When a person is accused of any kind of federal offense, such as offenses occurring on federal property and interstate crimes, co-signers should procure federal bail bonds for obtaining their release. Like property bonds, the transaction relating to a federal bail bond is directly done with the court. Both property and cash could be used for obtaining this bail bond.
Bail Bond Process
The individual who is accused of a crime usually gets a bail hearing in front of a judge. The bail amount, as mentioned before, is determined by the judge. A judge could completely deny the bail or set a huge sum as bond money in case the defendant has been charged with a heinous crime or is a likely flight risk.
Judges usually are not confined or restricted to any set of rules when setting bail amounts. Typically, the amounts set would vary by jurisdiction. For instance, a person booked for a non-violent misdemeanor will see the bail amount set at around $500. Charges pertaining to felony crime usually have a high bail amount – more than $20,000 is certainly not uncommon.
Once the bail amount is set, the defendant can choose to go to jail until he is acquitted at trial, a bail bond is arranged for, or they pay the full bail sum until the case has been resolved. In certain instances, courts can accept collateral of similar value, such as title to a house, instead of cash.
Bail bond agents may also need a creditworthiness statement or could demand the defendant turning over collateral such as securities or property. Generally, bail bondsmen accept different properties of value, such as cars, houses, and jewelry as well as bonds and stocks.
Once the bail bond or bail is delivered, the criminal defendant is set out free until trial.
Local Beaumont Bail Schedule/ Bail Amounts
The local Beaumont bail schedule or bail amount would vary with the case in hand. The state of Texas, unlike other states, handles bail bond costs in a unique way. Instead of setting a percentage as fee, Texas lets each county to superintend its bail bond setup as per Chapter 17.04 of Texas Occupations Code. In short, each county is free to decide the maximum or minimum fee. Generally, the fee charged is around 10 percent.
Why Choose Bluestar Bail Bonds?
Bluestar Bail Bonds understands how overwhelming and stressful getting arrested could be. It therefore strives to offer the most attractive on-demand financing arrangements to help the accused and their loved ones during their tough phase. The company has bail bond agents across the country who are available for service at the drop of a hat. Bluestar Bail Bonds’ network serves almost all city jails, sub-stations and courts in the country.
Courts Located in or Near Beaumont, Texas
• Beaumont Municipal Court
• Jefferson County Court House
• Ninth Court-Appeals
Jails Located in or Near Beaumont
• Jefferson County Downtown Jail
• Jefferson County Correctional Facility
• FCI Low Beaumont
• Mark W. Stiles Unit
• Federal Correctional Complex
• LeBlanc Unit
• FCI Beaumont
• USP Beaumont
• Liberty County Jail
• FPC Beaumont
Police Departments Located in Beaumont, Texas
• Beaumont Police Department
• Lamar University Police Department
• Beaumont Police Department (Traffic)
How to Track and Send Money to Local Inmates in the Beaumont Jail System
The Beaumont jail system accepts three payment forms: cashier’s checks, WU money orders, and postal money orders. Contact the jail to learn who the check must be addressed to. If the check amount is more than $10,000, the sender would have to disclose their Social Security number. As far as tracking the money sent to the jail inmate goes, different jails in Beaumont would have their own way of getting things done.