In some criminal cases, depending on the seriousness of the charge, you may be required to post a bond after your arrest in order to be released from jail. The requirement to post a bond exists as a means to ensure the court system that the person charged with the crime will appear for each one of his court appearances while his case is pending. You can post your own bond with your credit card or with cash. If the bond is very high, you can use your home or the real property of another, if the property has enough equity, to post a bond. You can post a bond with stocks.
Bail bondsmen are also available to help you. Typically they charge 15% of the amount of the bond as their fee, and then you are required to provide the bondsman something as collateral to cover the balance of the bond. For example, if the bond is $10,000 and you decide to use a bail bondsman, you would be required to pay him $1,500 which is nonrefundable, and then to provide the bail bondsman something worth at least $8,500 as collateral to cover the balance of the bond. The bondsman files with the court his written promise that you will appear for each one of your court appearances. If you use a bondsman and you fail to appear for any court appearance, then the bondsman may be required to pay to the clerk of the court the total amount of the bond.
Before you decide to pay a bail bondsman, be advised that you may qualify for a Personal Recognizance Bond. If you qualify for a Personal Recognizance Bond, you would fill out and sign forms presented to you by the court clerk. Your signature is your promise to appear in court, or if you fail to appear it would be your promise to pay to the court clerk: the amount of the bail bond. Attorneys cannot post a bond, but an attorney can appear before the Judge on your behalf and try to obtain a reduction in the amount of the bond you were originally asked to pay and/or ask the Judge to give you a Personal Recognizance Bond. If you are being held in jail prior to having an opportunity to post a bond, call me to discuss these issues. I will always accept your collect call, and I can come to the jail to meet with you to discuss your case. If you want to speak with a Denver, Colorado criminal defense attorney or a Denver, Colorado D.U.I. attorney regarding your case, call me at 720-270-2500.