What happens if you end up in a California jail cell for a crime and aren’t sure where to turn? There is a long, somewhat laborious process that could involve many fines and court hearings to help assure that you will be back home with your family and back at your job where you belong. However, first you will want to understand a bit of the process as well as the differences between bail and bond, and how they may be beneficial to you.

“Own Recognizance”Jail

Once you have been through the booking process, you may hear something known as an “own recognizance” release. Authorities mostly care about the fact that you will show up to your court hearings in the future, so they could make sure that you are eligible to be released on your own recognizance. This means that you are promising in writing to appear in court. However, they will first consider the seriousness of the crime, your criminal record, whether or not you pose a danger to society, and whether you are a risk to flee. Many times after this, the court will grant bail, which is a process in which you pay a set amount of money to obtain your release from police custody. If you show up to court, then the bail amount will be returned. If you do not show up to court, then you forfeit your bail. When you must arrive at a bail hearing, many things will be considered. This includes your physical and mental condition, financial resources, family ties, history relating to drug and alcohol use, criminal history, and the length of your residence within the community.

Differences Between Bond and Bail

Some prisoners will be “bonded out” while others will be “bailed out” when they are released. In some ways, bond and bail are very similar – they both ensure freedom to a prisoner in different ways. In terms of bail, the defendant or his family will pay the bill and he will be released from prison. If the defendant or his family cannot afford ail, then bonds will come into play. A bail bond company pays bonds and the defendant will secure the loan with collateral. Many people will use such things as property that they own or a car. They will also pay a small percentage of a fee. The bail bondsman will pay the court a portion of the bail money and guarantee the rest if the defendant fails to appear. In some states, the defendant will not even have to go through a bail bond company because they will post their own property bond. There is also another option known as a signature bond, which is a written promise to appear in court. If they fail to appear, then the court will be paid a set amount of money. However, this is reserved for low-level offenders who pose no flight risk.   If you have committed a crime and have landed yourself in prison, you may have questions about the bail and bond process. For these specific questions, you may want an attorney on your side that you can trust. Call The Law Office of Peter Blair today for more information.