If you have been arrested, the first thing you will try to do is get out of jail. But, unlike the popular board game, Monopoly, there are no “Get Out Of Jail Free” cards. In many instances, in order to get out of jail, you will have to post bond or pay bail. The amount you are required to pay depends on the type of case against you, but for a lot of people it can be a real financial hardship to have to pay to get out of jail. If you have concern about how you will get out of jail, keep in mind there are some things you can do that make it easier to come up with the money you need.
Here are some things to consider when you need to post bond, but are not able to pay a fortune:
• Seek a court order that lowers the amount of bond you have to pay. This will require you to file a motion and set forth the information as to why you are entitled to a lower bond amount. A qualified attorney can look into this for you and make an argument on your behalf with the circumstances are right.
• For some cases, there are programs available that allow for release without the necessity of posting bond. If you qualify for one of these programs, you might have to check in periodically or may have to remain under court supervision.
• Depending on the type of charge, or if you are a first time offender, an argument can be made that the amount of bail is too high for your case. This also takes partnering with an experienced attorney to review your case and make the argument for you. But if the amount is lowered, the investment of good legal counsel is worth your time.
You might also consider calling a bail bondsman. A bondsman will post bond for you for a percentage of the bond amount – usually 10%. For example, if the bond is $2,000.00, you might be able to have bondsman post that amount, and only pay the bondsman $200.00 or some other smaller percentage of what is due. You do have to complete your case when using a bondsman. If you fail to participate in your case (such as by missing a court date) the bond can be revoked, and this will end up costing you more financially, as well as requiring you to appear before the court more frequently.
If you have questions about how to get out of jail, call our office for answers. Call an experienced criminal defense attorney in Key West.