Conditional Vs Unconditional Bail Bonds

Simply speaking, the bail is an agreement between the defendant and the court in which the court agrees to give a pretrial release to the defendant in exchange of their promise to attend all the scheduled trial meetings in court.


To secure the defendant’s appearance in court, a bail amount is set that they have to pay to the court for their release. Once the trial is over, the bail money is returned to the defendant, regardless of the trial’s outcome.


The court may grant a conditional bail or an unconditional bail, depending on the severity of your charges and your likelihood of skipping town.


Here’s more on the two types of bail:


Conditional Bail

A conditional bail is set when the defendant poses an escape risk. In that case, the court adds conditions to their release. If the defendant fails to comply even with a single condition, their bail privilege will be revoked and they’ll return to jail to wait for their trial. The law defined 14 statutory conditions that can be applied to one’s bail. Here are some of the most common ones:

  1.  Restriction on travelling outside the state
  2.  Allocating a third party for supervision
  3.  Issuing a restraining order to maintain a specified amount of distance from the aggrieved party
  4.  Random drug testing
  5.  Keeping up with all the state laws and,  
  6.  Complying with any and all other conditions applied by the court.

Unconditional Bail

As opposed to conditional bail, unconditional bail is simpler and a bit unstructured. An unconditional bail is usually applied when the accused person is a no–flight-risk, their charges are relatively insignificant, they don’t seem like a danger to society, and they have a clean criminal record.


While there are no conditions that apply to unconditional bail, two conditions are implied in all kinds of bails: to abide by the laws of the state and to appear in court for their trial hearing.


In some cases, in which the charges are trivial and the criminal record is good, the judge may even issue release without bail.


Hiring a Bail Bond Company

Quite often, the defendant doesn’t have enough cash on them to pay the hefty bail amount, in which case they reach out to a bail bond company. The company pays the bail in their place in exchange for collateral and a 10% fee. From here onward, until the trial is over, the company keeps a check on their client to ensure they don’t skip town.  


Hire a reliable bail bond company like Engel Bail Bonds in Sanford who offer an affordable service 24/7. Their experienced bondsmen are always waiting to answer your call of emergency. Call us today at 407-339-0688 or contact us online.

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