What is a Bail or Bond?

By Lowry Law Firm | Posted on October 18, 2014

If you or someone you love has been arrested for a crime in Florida, a Court may require a bail or bond to be paid before he can be released. The words bail and bond are typically used to mean the same thing, but they have different meanings. Fort Lauderdale Criminal Attorney Mark Lowry is a former prosecutor and experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you understand your charges and determine the best way to fight them. We will sit down with you for a free consultation and discuss your rights and possible outcomes to help you understand the entire process.

Bail is when someone pays the entire amount set to the clerk of courts in cash, and once the proceedings are over, the entire amount is returned. Bond is when someone hires a bondsman, pays the bondsman typically 10% of the entire amount set, and the bondsman uses his state license to promise, or bond, the clerk that if the defendant does not appear, the bondsman will owe the amount to the clerk. The 10% that is paid to the bondsman is his fee, and will not be returned after the case is over. If the defendant is charged with a serious crime and the bond amount is high, the bondsman may require collateral, meaning something of value like a car’s title, that will remain with the bondsman until the case is over, to ensure the defendant does not miss court or flee the area.

If the defendant was arrested on a warrant, the warrant will state whether he will get a bond or be held without a bond. If the warrant was for a violation of probation, typically the defendant will be held without a bond and forced to appear before the judge who placed him on probation.

If you or someone you love has been cited or arrested for anything, contact criminal attorney Mark Lowry immediately to help understand the criminal process and how to move forward. We offer affordable payment plans and 24 hour service 7 days a week.