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PROCESSING AND BAIL

Updated: Aug 20, 2018




Most people arrested are released on "PR" ("personal recognizance"). This means they are not considered a danger to the community or a flight risk. If bail is required, then there are three principal ways to get out of jail:

1. the entire amount may be posted which is then returned after the case is concluded;

2. a bondsman will post the full amount after he or she is paid their fee and given collateral for the full amount. The fee is about 10% of the bail amount and that is not returned to the defendant;

3. a property bond is posted. This requires that real property worth at least twice the bail be transferred to the county as collateral for the bail. This third method is somewhat rare, but useful in high bail cases.

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