There are several types of bail bond. Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, has a program that does not require the posting of a bail bond. If you have no criminal record and meet several other special conditions you may be released from jail through the Pre-Trial Release Program. Pre-Trial Release is the only type of band where you are not required to post any money or property except for a $35 fee. You will then be assigned to a Pre-Trial counselor, and you will call to report once a week.
Other types of bond include:
- Cash Bond
You or someone puts up the entire bond amount. You will get the money back if you turn in the receipt to the Criminal Court Clerk's Office at the end of your case. Any court costs and fines due will be deducted from the bail bond posted.
- Bonding Company
Generally, bail bonding companies will charge you 10% of your bond plus a bonding fee. For example, if your bond is $1,000.00, the bonding company will charge you $100.00 plus the bonding fee. This money is not refundable.
- Property Bond
You must own land without a mortgage or a lien on the property. You, a friend or family member will be allowed to make a property bond. If you do not show up to court, you lose the property.
There are several requirements:
- First, a Deed of Trust must be prepared, placing a lien on the property in the name of the clerk.
- Second, there must be a Title Opinion prepared.
- Finally, the value of the property must exceed the amount of the bond.
The Benefits Of Getting Released On Bail
It makes a great deal of sense to post bond. Here are some of the benefits:
- The accused gets released from jail. He or she is not subject to the stress and discomfort of confinement.
- The accused can attend to personal affairs.
- If he or she has a job, the accused can go back to work.
- The accused can better participate in the trial preparation process.
May & McKinney, PLLC can explain the bail bond process and discuss the pros and cons of posting bond. If necessary, we can refer you to a reputable and qualified bail bondsman.