When you do a quick inmate search on either our website or the local county sheriff’s site, you might have questions regarding the different types of bail bonds available to get a defendant released from that particular jail. In this post, we’ll explain what each of your options are.
The different types of bail bonds in Georgia are not dissimilar from other parts of the United States. However, you should be aware that high-risk bail bonds can be obtained easier in some counties than others and signature bonds seem have become more popular in most recent weeks.
There Are Four Types of Bail Bonds in Georgia
- Cash Bonds
- Surety Bonds
- Signature Bonds
- Property Bonds
In high-risk criminal charges, bail may either be denied or will only be allowed on a cash-bond basis. This means that a traditional bail bond through a licensed surety company or bondsman is not allowed. If an inmate is only eligible for a cash bond, you only have the option to go ahead and pay the full amount of bail. The other option is to wait it out until the defendant’s bail hearing in which the defendant can state their case for a reduced bail amount or to allow a bail bonds company to assist them in their release. During bail hearings, it is important to understand that the defendant could benefit from having a lawyer present. It will most likely be up to you to make this decision though and hiring legal representation will most likely mean additional expenses will be incurred.
In recent weeks, the number of cash bonds in Atlanta has been severely decreased and the option of bail bonds and signature bonds has become more the norm. Since the mayor of Atlanta pushed a piece of legislation through that helps “poor people” get out of custody a lot easier, we are seeing that more signature bonds are being written and not necessarily an increase in bail bonds in the City of Atlanta, Georgia.
Surety Bonds (Traditional Bail Bonds)
In most criminal cases, a traditional bail bond (also known as a surety bond) can be used to get a defendant released from jail. A bonding company will charge anywhere from 10%-15% of the total bail amount as their fee to write the bond and accept the financial risk. Our Atlanta bail bonds are written in the exact same way that any other bonding company would write them, but the biggest difference you’ll find in our company is the customer experience. Refer to our homepage for more information on this, but we guarantee that our commitment to professionalism and integrity has been crucial to our success. Traditional bail bonds are a widely accepted means to get someone released from jail custody and there are plenty of bonding companies to choose from in every major metropolitan area throughout the United States. We thank you for considering our services at Bail Bonding Now. As with any bail bonds service or financial transaction, it is important that you understand the risks involved. We highly recommend you read our previous post on what happens if you don’t pay the bondsman. You’ll find the financial burden of missing a payment is oftentimes more stressful than finding a bondsman in the first place. If you have questions or feel unsure about the bail bonds process, feel free to give us a call and we’ll talk you through it.
In cases where the defendant is a first-offender or the criminal charge is negligible, a signature bond might be authorized by the court so the defendant can go free. In this case, no payment is required (some counties and local governments might require a small fee) and the accused simply signs a document stating that they promise to appear before the judge on their given court date.
In some counties and local municipal jails, a property bond may be used to release an inmate from jail. The way a property bond works is simple. You put up the deed to your home, the title to your car or truck, or certificate of ownership of something of value as collateral for the bail amount. Usually, a company that offers bail bonds services will not be able to help you with this type of bond. You will most likely have to speak directly with the clerk of court when it comes to any property bond.