When dealing with a domestic violence charge, many factors can sway the outcome. Key facts like the location and severity can affect bail setting as well as the number of past offenses. If you are considering writing a domestic violence bond, ensure that you have all case facts prior to signing a contract. The case details can greatly affect any domestic violence charges, bail set, and case injunctions.
Variances of a Domestic Violence Charges
Domestic violence charges can be either misdemeanor charges or felonies. While many believe that these charges are observed for all in-home and family crimes, in actuality they only reference crimes between intimate partners, living together or not. Many times, the number of past offenses and the severity of the crime will graduate a misdemeanor offense to a felony. Additional charges such as bodily injury, endangerment to a child, and vandalism can elevate the crime to a felony charge. Violation of a restraining or stay away order, criminal threats, or an admission of guilt can also up the charges.
Oftentimes, both parties will be arrested during a domestic violence dispute. Usually, at least one person will be taken to jail to minimize the threat and resolve the immediate situation. Many times, charges are never pursued. If your client has no past charges and is facing no additional charges, chances are that they will receive a misdemeanor charge that will result in a $500 bond. However, felony charges and bond amounts will be set during arraignment by the judge. Typically, domestic violence cases are heard within 2-3 days of arrest, much quicker than usual wait times. Once your client has seen the judge, the bond can be set and resolved. If your client receives a probation violation charge during these proceedings, there may be requirements in addition to or in lieu of a bond amount, such as counseling, house arrest, or a work release program.
Once you decide to cover a bond and sign the contract, you are responsible for the defendant. Ensure you cover all points and know all the facts when accepting a domestic violence bond, to ensure that your business and your name are safe and secure.