Do I Need a Bail Bondsman?
One of the first things people want to know when they are arrested is when can they get out of jail. In some cases, suspects are held in jail pending their court hearing. However, some people are allowed to return to their home and go about their lives until they appear in court. Sometimes judges will allow people to leave jail with a “promise” (PR Bond) that they will return to court while other people must post bail (money or property) before they are allowed to leave jail. The circumstances and factors used to determine the type of bail required in a case include state law, type and seriousness of the crime, past criminal history, outstanding warrants, person’s ties to the community, the risk of public safety, and the potential flight risk. If the judge does determine bond should be set, there are several types of bond the judge can impose.
What is Bond?
A bond is a condition for release from jail pending the conclusion of your criminal case. The court can impose a variety of conditions for the bond in addition to requiring a monetary bond. Conditions of the bond may include travel restrictions, distance from a victim, report to pretrial services, or restrictions on possession of firearms, drug testing, and curfews. While you are not legally required to use a bail bondsman to get out of jail, the circumstances and the facts of your case may necessitate the need for a bondsman.
Types of Bond in Michigan
There are several types of bond that judges use in Michigan criminal cases.