When a defendant has been charged with a felony, the bonding process is very different than a simple misdemeanor bond. In fact, there are times when a defendant cannot be bonded out after being charged with a felony. Knowing the process will help you discover the best way to help your client make the best felony bond choice for their situation.
What is a Felony Bond?
A felony bond is a bond that is set on a felony charge. Most times, these bonds cannot be posted until the defendant has been to an arraignment hearing where the judge will decide on the bond terms. The judge will examine past crimes, present community and family involvement, and employment status among other points. Once the judge has examined the facts, a bond amount and any additional requirements will be set. At this point, your client is able to be bonded out.
What You Need to Know
Sometimes, when a person is arrested, they are charged with a general charge until their arraignment. If your client is facing a severe misdemeanor charge such as DUI, theft, or battery, it may be best to wait until the arraignment hearing to post bond. This is because charges can be increased or even decreased by the judge. In the case of a decreased charge and bond, any prepaid funds will not be returned.
However, if the judge sets a higher bond than what was prepaid, the defendant will be responsible for the difference, leading to bond contract nullification and approval problems. The judge can also order additional bond requirements that must be followed. These requirements can include drug or alcohol testing, counseling, and house arrest. Your client should be fully aware of each requirement and the consequences for breaching the agreement.
When your client is charged with a felony, they can easily feel overwhelmed, anxiety-ridden, and fearful. Reassuring them with detailed, accurate information can help put their mind at ease and promote a more favorable outcome for everyone involved. Utilize the Bail Bond Cooperative website and professional directory to provide information and guidance to your clients with both misdemeanor and felony charges.