Jail Release Options

Release From Jail Options

The state of California allows many release options for an arrested individual. While some might need financial assistance, some may not. Being freed on a bail bond, is among the most common release options used. A bail bond is also referred to as a Surety Bond, and will require help from a licensed bail bond agency.

Bail is established after the arrest of an offender, and organized by a family member, or close friend. The bail bond agency will take care of the essential paperwork after the bail has been set, which can take an hour or so. A bail bond is a pledge that the defendant will appear at every scheduled court date, even after they have been freed. If the defendant fails to appear, the bail bond business shall try to locate the accused, and transport them back into custody to face court, otherwise the bail bond company will end up being required to pay the entire bail.

When an offender is released on their “own recognizance,” or “O.R,” no money is required to be paid to a court. A Judge is obviously of the opinion that this particular individual will indeed appear for their court date/s. A bail bond company will not be required in this instance.

Cash Bail is another option where the services of a bail bond firm is not required.  The court will accept cash, or a cashier’s check for payment in this situation. It is advised that you inquire with the court, or jail, to get the necessary forms, payment options, as well as the official payee, if considering this option. Your money will be refunded once the court case has finished.

A Citation Release, or “Cite Out,” is when an offender is give documented charges, and the information relating to their court appearance, at the time of the arrest. This happens with very minor charges.

The least used option, is a Property Bond Release. This option requires an offender, or perhaps family and friends, to offer up property and/or assets as Surety to get the defendant’s bail. Any real estate property will have to have equity equaling 150% of the total bail value so the court can register a lien against the property.  This option will also require a value appraisal of the real estate property, title search, equity search, so on. If the accused fails to appear for their court dates, the Judge will act on the lien to pay the total bail. This process takes money, time, and energy to prepare, as it is conducted in a similar way as a real estate purchase. Since many defendants wish to be released quickly, this method is hardly ever used, mainly because of the time factor.