When you are arrested, there are some situations in which you can be released from jail on bail. This means that you will pay a certain amount of money to leave jail but ensuring that you will still make your appearances in court. There are five different types of bail that may assist you in staying out of jail until your sentencing occurs. If you attend all of your court dates as you had promised, your bail money will be returned to you at the end of your hearing. If you fail to post bail, you will remain in jail until your court date.
The first type of bail is known as cash-only bail, meaning that you have to post the full amount in cash. The second type of bail is known as cash with a ten-percent option, meaning that you only have to post ten percent of the bail in cash. If the defendant does not make their court appearance for whatever reason, they will owe the court the other 90-percent of the bail. The third type of bail is ROR or release on recognizance, which means that no money is actually posted. However, the person who must appear in court must make a written promise that they will, in fact, make that appearance. When you are issued what is known as a property bond, you will have a lien placed on a piece of your property. There are certain qualifications that must be met in order to be granted a property bond. Finally, the last type of bond that can be administered is what is known as a bail bond. This is where you will have to post a non-refundable fee and make a written promise to the court that you will appear. The person who actually posts the bail can be you or another adult that is willing to pay that monetary amount for you. If an adult other than yourself posts bail, they are held responsible for making sure that you appear at all of the court dates that you are required to be at.