The ability to get out of jail when arrested is the only one that matters when you are faced with incarceration. If you’re new to it, all you can think about is how you don’t belong. How all the obligations of home and work are going unchecked.

You’re not even thinking about a legal strategy. Only how your life might be falling apart without you. Fortunately, there are several ways you can get out of jail. Here are the most common:

1. You Are Released Without Bail

For light misdemeanors, particularly first-time offenses, it’s not uncommon for a judge to allow your release without setting bail. Generally, the crime you committed must be non-violent, and you should be relatively stable in your home and professional life. Don’t expect this outcome if your offense put others in danger.

2. You’re Allowed Release Through a Cash Bond

Cash bonds also are reserved for low-level crimes where the suspects are not at risk of leaving town or no-showing their court appearance. These bail amounts can be $1,000 or less. The suspect or their supporters might even be able to cover the full amount without the need for a bond service.

3. You Attain a Security Bond

A security bond is necessary when the bond is set at a higher amount. The suspect may free himself (or have a cosigner do it for him) by paying 10 percent of the total amount. So if the bond is set at $100,000, you would pay $10,000. That can still be cost-prohibitive, but with the help of a bail bond service, you can work through it with payment options.

Of course, the core stipulation for posting bond is that you appear at a future mandated hearing. Failure to do so means being on the hook for the full $10,000 amount, so it’s important to meet the obligation of showing up.

4. You Put Up Your Own Property

A property bond works in the same manner as a security bond, but instead of going to a bail bond service, you put your own property on the line, conveying title and the ability to foreclose if you fail to show up. The caveat is that your property must be worth enough to cover the bond. That can be difficult for more serious crimes.

Your Get Out of Jail Card

There usually aren’t “get out of jail free” cards, but you can make the process a lot easier on yourself by partnering with a company like Doc’s Bail Bonds. Contact us today if you are concerned about the bail process, and we’ll guide you through it while calming your uncertainties.

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