One reason that you need to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney is that the process of posting a bond can be overwhelming. There are several different types of bond that can be applied in a criminal case and it depends on the specifics of your case.
We Work with Reputable, Certified, Bond Agents.
In many cases, you will need to work with a bondsmen, or bond agent, in order to have your bond posted. This means that you need to find someone that is reputable, that will not charge you a ridiculous fee, and will come to you.
The way that this works is that a court sets a cash, surety, or property bond. In a case such as a rape this bond could be set at $250,000.00. Many people do not have $250,000.00 just sitting around so they would go to a bond agent where the agent would post the money but the client would pay a percentage of that to the agent.
If you have been accused, or a loved one has been accused, of a crime it is important to get a bond set and posted as quickly as possible. We have a team of bondsmen that we work with in order to get our clients out as quickly as possible.
What Is a Reasonable Bond?
That depends entirely on a set of factors outside of the defendant’s control, but can be influenced by a skilled attorney.
- First, the court is going to look at the nature of the allegations against you. Even though you are presumed innocent the court is going to set a much higher bond on a murder and rape than it would on a very low level drug possession case.
- Second, the court looks at your ties to the community – do you live and work here? Courts generally believe that people who live and work in the area are more likely to show up than people who were just passing through.
- Third, the court looks to see if you have a record or if you pose any type of threat to the community. Generally, the purpose of a bond is to make sure you show up but this is a consideration that the court considers.
After all of these factors are weighed the court issues a bond requirement in the form of cash, surety, property, 10%, or personal recognizance. If this is an amount that is too high for you to pay we can refer you to a reputable bondsman that we have used for our clients in the past. If the amount is still too high we can take steps to help convince the court to lower the amount. Contact our Cleveland criminal defense lawyer today to get answers about your specific case.