Misdemeanor Bail Bonds

Man at bail hearingMisdemeanors are considered “lesser” types of crimes. Again, each jurisdiction may label crimes a bit differently, but typical examples of misdemeanors include things like public intoxication, vandalism, reckless driving, disorderly conduct, simple assault, etc.

Since misdemeanors are typically considered less dangerous and severe, consequently the bail set, as well as fines and sentencing, are typically much less than the bail for felonies.

Bail for a misdemeanor can be set as low as $25 and up to as much as $5,000. It is important to remember that each jurisdiction has its own schedule for bonds determining the basic guidelines for the cost. Judges as well have quite a bit of freedom in determining the misdemeanor bail bonds, based on the situation, the defendant’s criminal history as well as connections and commitments within the community. A fairly standard practice for a first time petty misdemeanor is setting a bail at $500.

If you are unable to pay for a cash bond directly to the court for bail, or for some reason view it as less desirable than seeking a surety bond from a bondsman, you can expect to pay a non-refundable fee of between 10-15% of the total bail amount to the bondsman.

Reasons why choosing to pursue a surety bond may be the more desirable option are if, though having the total amount, it would prevent you from taking care of other financial responsibilities to have no access to that amount while waiting for the court proceedings, which could be lengthy. Paying a bondsman the fee would mean keeping access to the other 85-90% of the bail amount to take care of financial responsibilities while awaiting your court hearing.

 

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