Bail Bonds Vs Cash Bail: 3 Key Differences You Should Be Aware Of

In most cases, there will be two options when looking to secure someone's release from jail. These options will be to post a bail bond or to pay cash bail. While both of these options will ultimately achieve the same goal of getting your loved one out of jail, there are a few key differences that you should be aware of in order to choose which option is right for you.

Difference #1: The Hours In Which Bail Can Be Posted

Cash bail is typically paid directly to the jail where your loved one is being held. In most cases, these payments can only be made during regular business hours since the bail office is not open around the clock. This can result in a significant delay in your loved one's release if they are arrested over the weekend or on a holiday. 

Bail bonds services on the other hand are often available 24 hours a day, every day of the week. Many bonds services are even available on major holidays. As a result, the option of securing a bail bond will often allow you to get your loved one out of jail sooner than the option of paying a cash bond. 

Difference #2: The Amount Of Payment Required Upfront

When choosing to pay cash bail, you will be required to submit payment for the full bail amount as ordered by the court. Depending upon the charges that your loved one is facing, this can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousands of dollars. Depending upon your current financial situation, you may find it difficult to raise enough money to post the bail.

Bail bonds can be obtained with a much smaller upfront payment. While the exact amount you will need to pay will still vary from one case to the next, most bondsmen only require a small percentage down in order to write a bond. It is important to note, however, that you will still be liable for the full amount of the bail if your loved one does not appear in court as instructed. 

Difference #3: The Amount Of Money Returned To You When The Case Is Closed

If you choose to pay cash for your loved one's bail, you will be eligible to receive the full amount of this bail back once your loved one's case has been closed, providing they make it to all of their court appearances. The return of these funds is not determined by whether or not your loved one is found guilty or innocent, but rather by whether or not they complied with all court orders. 

Since bail bonds do not require you to pay the full bail amount upfront, you will not be eligible to receive your funds back once the case has closed. In fact, most bondsmen will keep the small percentage that you pay upfront in order to cover the fee for their services. 

For more information, contact a bail bonds service.