After an arrest, bail or bond is a way to permit defendants an opportunity to leave jail pending criminal charges. And while awaiting a bond hearing may prove challenging, it can be best to understand the bail or bond expectations. To provide some better insight into the bail process, here is some information about how bail works in New York.
Bail vs. bond
After being arrested, people are potentially eligible for release from jail while their criminal charges are pending. In New York, there are a total of nine distinct types of bail that a judge can grant during a bail hearing for a criminal defense matter. However, only two are used frequently.
Cash bail is money that a defendant or interested party pays to the court system as a pledge that he or she will show up in court and actively participate in resolving the legal issue. Bail payments are processed either at the courthouse or at any corrections facility, even if the defendant is not present at that location.
Slightly different from cash bail is an insurance company bond. In this process, a bondsman pays the bail on behalf of the defendant. In return, the defendant, a family member, or a friend agrees to pay the bondsman a fee is also put forth collateral such as property or cash. As long as the defendant complies with the court dates, this collateral is ultimately returned.
If you or someone you know has a pending criminal case, it may be beneficial to consult with a criminal defense attorney. Criminal defense attorneys typically have extensive experience working with clients on matters ranging from drug charges to traffic violations, and working with one can help you better understand the charges you face and can provide additional information that can be useful to put forth a good defense.
The criminal justice system is complex. Navigating the bail and bond process can be an intimidating task. The information provided above should help you better understand your bail options if you face criminal charges.