When you have go to court, after being charged with a criminal offense, it can be an overwhelming and scary event. In such a situation, when you or your loved one needs bail, the sense of urgency may incline you to pay cash to the jail because you want to get yourself or the loved one out of custody as soon as possible. However, there are a few things you should know about paying cash for bail versus securing a bail bond.
At Apple Bail Bonds, our experience has taught us that there are specific reasons why a bail bond is better than a cash bail. The reasons are:
- Giving cash to the court for bail increases the chance of the cash being used for fines and court costs. Giving cash can also interfere with the defendant’s plan to make payments in installments for the fines and court costs. However, securing a bail bond will cost the defendant, and anyone willing to help pay on his or her behalf, only 10% of the full bail amount. This 10% can be paid in installments over a period of time.
- A public defender may be appointed by the court to represent a defendant if the defendant is unable to afford a lawyer. However, when a defendant posts a cash bail, he or she is generally showing to the court that he has access to funds. Hence, the court will refuse to appoint him or her a lawyer.
- A bail bond is better than a cash bail, because a technical bail violation, even if it was unintentional, can result in complete forfeiture of the cash. It is quite common for courts to regularly change departments in which a case is heard. Even if the defendant has been told to appear in a particular department, the case may be reassigned. The defendant who fails to appear in the reassigned department will have his or her bail forfeited. Similarly, when a defendant who is a few minutes late, or steps out to use the restroom when his or her name is being called will also have their bail forfeited.
- When you post a cash bail on your own behalf or for another person, it becomes public information. This can be quite embarrassing, even if it was not you who was arrested, but a friend or a loved one. Posting a bail bond remains a private matter.
Contact Apple Bail Bonds for bail bonds service
If you or someone you love has been arrested and are in need of a bail bonds service, contact Apple Bail Bonds. We have you covered. We have many bondsmen who can perform a number of services to ensure your or your loved one’s get released from custody after being charged with a criminal offense. Call us at 484 268 5663 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.