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What is Bail and How Does it Work?

Wall New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorneys serving Monmouth County, Ocean County, Middlesex County and all surrounding NJ areas.

Posted: December 8, 2016

Getting arrested is a scary, confusing experience. You want to get out as soon as possible. The time between your arrest and the resolution of your case can take months or even years. Bail allows you to be released from jail and return to your normal life until your next court date. There are several ways to approach getting and paying for your bail, and depending on your past, you may be eligible for a bail reduction or even a “get out of jail free card.”

You can ask for bail at your arraignment or by requesting a bail hearing. Bail is used to deter you from fleeing the area or missing your court date. The process of getting, reducing and paying bail requires legal expertise. Our criminal defense lawyers can help you seek a bail reduction if the amount has been set too high.

Other aspects you need to know about bail include:

  • Conditions of Your Bail: You could land yourself back in jail if you violate the conditions of your bail. You will need to obey the law, and follow any additional rules set by the judge. If you have been accused of a violent crime, one of your conditions will likely involve staying away from the supposed victim.
  • How to Pay for Your Bail: Most people have heard of a bail bondsmen, but there are a number of ways to pay your bail such as:
    • Cash/check for the full amount
    • A bond (10 percent of the bail amount and guaranteed payment)
    • Valuable property worth the bail amount
    • Payment waiver
  • Released On Your Own Recognizance: If you have strong ties to the community and don’t have a criminal record, you could be released from jail for free.

If you’ve been arrested in New Jersey, call our lawyers at Clark, Clark & Noonan, LLC today at 732-303-7857 for your FREE consultation. We answer 24 hours a day, seven days a week and serve clients throughout New Jersey including Freehold, Jersey City, Essex, Hudson and Monmouth County.

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