How Does Bail Work

A person arrested for a crime is sent to jail.  At this time, a court date is set for this person to plead their innocence.  Bail is the amount of money required to set a person free pending their time in court.  Someone who pays their bail will be able to get out of jail.  The more severe the crime, the larger the bail and visa versa.  In New York State, the defendant will be required to come before a judge before the bail can be set although the crime may only be a misdemeanor offense.  When set by a judge, the bail can be either required as cash only or as a bail bond from an insurer.  Therefore, bail bond is similar to a financial guarantee for the court to keep if the arrested person does not return for their trial.  The court returns the bail when the person has appeared in court as required until the final resolution of the case.  The bail system grants liberties to those accused of crimes by creating accountability with a money deposit.

A judge who has determined the accused is reliable and has a high likelihood of returning to court without paying bail allows the defendant to be “released on recognizance” or R.O.R.  This judge determines whether the accused is a threat to society or a flight risk and if they fail to appear in court, the expenses to locate and re-arrest the defendant fall on the taxpayers.  One-fourth of all arrests are determined by public bail while the rest of cases are set by commercial bail which necessitates a bail agent.  For a majority of cases, the defendant must seek a reliable bail bondsman who provides a guarantee to the court at a lesser cost to the defendant.  A bail agent usually requires a premium around 10% of the bail and some form of collateral, a fraction of what would otherwise be fully paid in cash to the court.  Commercial bail protects the defendants’ freedoms and maintains accountability for their return to court while better preserving their current personal income.

At Nationwide Bail Bond Agency, Inc. we protect the interest of the defendant by offering a competitive premium rate to ensure their release and protection from the penal system.  We are able to manage local and nationwide bails and we handle each case with special care.  You can remain confident that our dedicated work makes the bail process as seamless as possible. We provide fast, easy, and reliable services and are available 24/7, 365 days a year.  Please call and ask a qualified bail bondsman about posting a bail, we are always available to help.
Contact: Neil Pedersen, ARM

Phone number:    212.608.7900
Fax:                     212.233.1405


15 Maiden Lane, Suite 800

New York, NY 10038

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