If you or a loved one has been arrested, it’s important to know how the bail bond process works here in North Carolina.
After the Arrest
After a person is arrested, they will be booked into the local county jail. If the arrest is for a charge that’s relatively simple, the bail amount can be quickly set through a bail bond schedule. This schedule has set bail amounts for common misdemeanors. However, in the case of a more serious or violent offense, a judge may become involved in setting the amount of bail. Cases like these will take longer to process.
Once Bail is Set
Once the bail amount has been set, there are four options available in North Carolina for a person to be released from jail.
1. Pay a surety or bail bond.
This is a small percentage of the total bail cost. In North Carolina, bail bonds can cost up to 15% of the bond total.
2. Pay the entire bail with cash.
3. You are released on your own recognizance.
This is typical for small crimes when the judge believes that you are not a flight risk and you will show up to court.
4. You are be released by a property bond.
A property bond represents land or home value that is equal to or greater than the amount of bail. If you don’t show up for court, a warrant can be issued for your arrest and your property can be seized.
After Bail is Determined
After the bail amount has been determined, a bail bond agent will arrive at the county jail and begin the release process. This generally takes a few hours.
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