Cash bail means a person must give
the court or jail the total amount of the bail in cash. The
cash will be held by the court until the defendant appears at all of
his/her court cases and the case is concluded. Full cash bonds
provide a powerful incentive for the defendant to appear in court.
If the defendant appears for all of his/her scheduled court
appearances, the cash bail should be returned in full.
Release on Recognizance (R.O.R)
Another method of release
pending trial is through a pre-trial release program
administered by the county or a law enforcement agency. Usually, the employees
of these programs interview defendants in custody and make
recommendations to the court regarding the release of individuals on
their personal recognizance (i.e., without any financial security to
ensure the defendant's return).
The interview process is often conducted
over the telephone, usually with little inquiry into the defendant's
background. The interview process attempts to determine whether the
detainee is likely to appear in court. There is usually no
verification of information provided by the defendant. Since no
money, property, or bond is posted to secure the defendant's
appearance in court, he/she faces no personal economic hardship from
the conscious decision not to appear in court.
How much does a bail
bond (surety bond) cost?
In Missouri, the bail premium, or fee, is
typically 10 percent of the full bail amount. For example, if the
bail amount is $10,000, the premium charged is $1,000.
How much of the premium
will I get back?
Typically the 10 percent premium is fully
earned once the bail bond is posted with a jail or court. That is
how bail agents and their surety companies make their money and pay
What is collateral?
Collateral is anything of value used to
financially secure a bail bond.
What can be used as
Some examples of
collateral include signature, credit cards, houses, cars, boats,
jewelry, or electronic equipment (you get the idea).
When will collateral be
Collateral is usually returned when the
court has finished with the defendantís case(s), exonerating the
bail bond(s), and when all fees have been paid.
How long does it take to
be released from jail?
There are two types of jails: city jails
and county jails. City jails are operated by city police departments
and county jails are operated by the county sheriff. After a
defendant is booked into a city jail (i.e., fingerprinted,
photographed, warrants checked, etc.), it typically takes anywhere
from 15 minutes to 1 hour to be released on bail. After a defendant
is booked into a county jail, it usually takes anywhere from 2 to 6
hours to be released on bail. We wish we could speed up the process
but the city and county jails operate at their own pace. Sharp
Bonding Company does everything possible to expedite the defendant's
release. Let us assure you we will be by your side every step of the
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