Jun 12, 2023

In most cases, at first appearance, unless the state files a motion for detention, the judge will release a defendant:

  • On personal recognizance of the defendant (ROR);
  • Unsecured bond in an amount specified by the judge (example: the judge may set unsecured bail at $25,000.00, or another amount, the defendant doesn’t post any money, however, defendant signs the unsecured bail agreeing to abide by the conditions of release and agrees if he/she violates any condition or fails to appear for court he/she will pay the county the amount of the bond;
  • The judge may place restrictions on the travel, association, or where the defendant may live during the period of release;
  • The judge may place the defendant in the custody of a designated person or organization agreeing to supervise the defendant; The judge may allow a bail bondsman post any cash bond that may be imposed (example the bond is set at $25,000.00, the defendant may contact a bondsman to post the $25,000.00. The bondsman may charge a fee for this service. Usually 10%. The defendant is responsible for paying $2,500.00 for the bondsman posting the entire amount of the bond. The $2,500.00 is the bondsman fee for his/her service and the defendant will not get it back.
  • The judge may require the defendant to post the entire cash bond. Or the judge my impose any other condition deemed reasonably necessary to assure appearance as required, including a condition requiring that the person return to custody after specified hours.

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