Just as it is when you are arrested and charged with petty crimes, you can also get a bail bond in some cases if you are accused of a federal offense. However, bail bonds for federal prisoners can be a little bit different than a regular bail bond. If you are facing an arrest and believe you will be sent to a federal prison with a federal court judge overseeing your case, it is helpful if you know your options. Here is a look at some of the common questions regarding federal-level bail bonds and the answers you should know.
What are the differences between a federal and state bail bond?
Federal bonds are specifically for individuals who are accused of a federal offense, while state bail bonds are for state-level charges. There can be several differences beyond this, however. For example, federal bail bonds tend to be much higher than state-level bail bonds since the crimes people end up in federal prison for can be more severe. Additionally, property-based bail bonds are more common in federal crimes. Signature bonds are available to some prisoners, which are essentially like being signed out of jail by a party who states they will be responsible for your actions while out.
Can every bail bond service offer federal bail bonds?
While most bail bonds services can offer federal bonds, not all of them will. Federal bail bonds are a little more complicated than state-level bonds. Service providers that are not accustomed to working with the federal court system may not be the best option for clients, and many providers will be apprehensive about working with the federal court if they have no or little experience anyway. There are designated bail bond services that specifically work with the federal court, and these tend to be the best option.
Will the bail bond work the same as far as repayment?
The bail bond issues on your behalf will have to be handled in much the same way as any other bail bond if you are being released by a federal prison. Your bail bond agent will discuss what will be expected of you when you get out. Don't be surprised if you are required to check in with the agent periodically while out on bail; federal courts often mandate this as a term of the bail bond. If you miss a check-in, a warrant can be issued for your arrest.
To learn more, contact a company that offers federal bail bond services.
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