BAIL – Coursework Example
BAIL There are different types of bail that a court offers. Bail decision and offer depends on the alleged crime and defendant’s criminal record. This paper explains the different types of bail that the court offers.
Full cash bail: this bail is common with minor offenders. The bail requires the defendant to pay the full amount or pledge a property of equivalent value.
Deposit bail: this bond is useful when the accused person is unable to raise the amount stipulated in his/her bail. In this case, the defendant is required to pay about 10% of the bail. Consequently, the defendant is expected to attend all the court hearings without failure.
Surety bail: this type is also applicable where the defendant is unable to raise full amount as stipulated in the bail. In this case, the defendant pays about 10% of the total bond value to a bonding agent (Siegel, and Worrall 395). As a result, the bailing agent assumes full responsibility of the defendant’s court appearance. The agency retains the 10% payment as a commission for the service or a cover for the supposed risk.
Conditional bail: This bail is offered to defendants pledges to abide by certain conditions as specified by the court. The bail is offered to defendants who have special cases such as health problems (Siegel, and Worrall 395). In this case, the defendant takes the bail based on their special condition.
Unsecured Bond: in an unsecured bond, a defendant is released without making any cash or property commitments with the court. However, the defendant is expected to attend all court hearings failure to which they can be placed in custody.
Release on recognizance: this bail is not applicable in majority of cases and, therefore it is not popular. Qualified defendants are released upon making a pledge to appear in subsequent trials.
Siegel, Larry and Worrall, John. Introduction to Criminal Justice. New York: Cengage Learning, 2011. Print.