How to Get Out of Jail After an Arrest

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Getting arrested for a crime is never a good thing — especially with the state of detention jails today. While you can’t avoid your day in court, it is possible to get out of jail after an arrest while waiting for your trial. Here are some tips on how:

Getting Out with a Bondsman

The usual go-to person is a bail bondsman. A Raleigh bondsman is fairly easy to find and will give you the amount you need upon payment of around 10% of the bail. The percentage usually varies from one bondsman to another, depending on the risk of the client. To lower the cost, you should also ask the judge for a lower bail amount, especially if you’re not a flight risk or if this is your first time as an accused.

Getting Out with Cash or Collateral Bail

You can also choose to post cash bail or bail upon collateral. This can be land property, a vehicle, or any other item that more or less corresponds to the value of the bail. Since the bail is simply a guarantee of further appearance, ownership of the property will only transfer when there is a violation of the bail agreement. Also, it’s not necessary that you own the property put up for bail. It’s enough that the owner has consented to have the property used as bail collateral.

Invalidate Warrant

Sometimes, there’s even no need for a bail. You can have the arrest invalidated if it is done without a warrant. This often occurs when police officers arrest you without the approval of a judge. If the warrant is made invalid, then any detention made pursuant to that warrant is also invalid. Note, though, that the law allows for some exceptions. For example, if the police officer reasonably believes based on personal knowledge that you took part in a crime, then your arrest without a warrant is valid. Therefore, there are limitations to this rule.

Getting Out on Own Recognizance

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Also known as OR, getting out on recognizance simply means making a solemn oath to a judge that you will not flee and will show up during the trial of your case. Based on this oath done under authorities and thru a contract, you will be allowed temporary release on the condition that you will show up when the court demands it. It also accompanies the promise of informing the court if you decide to change homes or any other situation that makes it more difficult to locate you. Note, though, that an OR takes time and may be rejected by the judge. Rejection can occur if a person is a repeat offender or is likely to flee the jurisdiction of the judge.

Getting out of jail after an arrest does not leave you free from prosecution. This is temporary liberty, and you’re compelled to show up in court when your case is being tried. Only after a favorable sentence will you be able to truly be free to travel.