If you or a family member has been arrested on criminal charges, in order to be released from custody in Columbus, you may need bail or a bond.
Under Ohio law, there are 3 allowable types of Bond.
The first, and least restrictive type of Bond is an Unsecured or Recognizance Bond. This is generally referred to as an “O.R.” or “Signature” Bond. A Recognizance Bond does not require any payment of money, and is no more than a unsecured promise by the accused to appear in court when scheduled to do so. This is the type of bond that your attorney should seek to have the Court set, so that you can be released from jail without the payment of any money.
The second type of Bond is a standard bail bond which requires a deposit of 10% of the stated bond amount with the Court. This is generally referred to as an “Appearance” or “10%” Bond. It requires the Court to return 90% of the 10% deposit to be returned at the close of the case. This is the second most desirable type of Bond to have the Court set.
The third and most costly type of Bond is a Cash or Surety Bond. A Cash Bond requires full payment of the bond amount to the court in advance of release. The full amount is then refunded at the end of the case, upon compliance with the Bond’s conditions.
A Surety Bond involves a bondsman, who charges a premium and then issues an insurance policy to the court ensuring payment of the entire bond amount in the event that the Defendant fails to appear at court. If a person has a Cash or Surety Bond, he can elect whether to pay the full amount to the court, or to hire and pay a bondsman to post an insurance policy ensuring that you will appear at court.
Bond types can vary, and may be part surety, appearance, and recognizance. Courts can also attach other conditions on bond, such as restrictions on travel, residence, employment, electronic monitoring, or prohibitions against contact with witnesses or alleged victims.
We work with several trustworthy bondsmen and would be pleased to provide a referral if requested.
If you are in need of a bondsman, or need to have a bail set to secure a family member’s release from jail, contact one of our Columbus Criminal Defense Lawyers by calling 614 454 5010, or fill out our website contact form to arrange a free initial consultation