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Cass County's Favorite Attorney

We are pleased to announce Andrew Achey's recent selection as “Favorite Attorney” in Cass County by the readers of the Logansport Pharos-Tribune. This recognition is especially meaningful because it comes from the folks we work for and those we work alongside every...

Cass County’s Favorite Attorney

We are pleased to announce Andrew Achey's recent selection as “Favorite Attorney” in Cass County by the readers of the Logansport Pharos-Tribune. This recognition is especially meaningful because it comes from the folks we work for and those we work alongside every...

Personal Injury Part 3

In part one of this series on personal injury, we learned the basics about personal injury and personal injury claims. Personal injury can happen anywhere, and the following types of injuries generally fall under the category of personal injury: car, motorcycle or...

Personal Injury Part 2

Personal Injury Part Two In part one of this series on personal injury, we learned the basics about personal injury and personal injury claims. Personal injury can happen anywhere, and the following types of injuries generally fall under the category of personal...

Personal Injury Part 1

This is a three-part article on personal injury and the legal process of a personal injury claim in the State of Indiana. Part one presents basic information on personal injury and personal injury claims and lawsuits. Part two presents alternative methods for...

Posting Bond… Read this First

What is a bond? Why do you need one?

If you are arrested on a criminal charge, a judge may set a bond. A bond allows your release from jail before you actually go to court for your hearing or trial. Bond is your promise, guaranteed by your own money or by a bondsman that you will show up at court every time you are required to be there for the duration of your case. If you do not show up, you will lose your bond money, or the bondsman will be required to find you and bring you to court. Dog the Bounty Hunter is a bondsman, and he will track you down. If you do not want “The Dog” hunting you, then you must show up for court.

When a judge allows you to post bond after you have been arrested, the judge can impose special or additional conditions on your release, depending on the circumstances of your case. There are four main types of bonds in Indiana, and each has different requirements. The judge can ask you to post a surety bond, a cash bond, a real estate bond, or you may be asked to execute a bond secured by real estate, or some combination of these bonds. The judge may also release you on your own recognizance; in other words, you could be released without having to put up any money at all, but judges will not often release you on your own recognizance without requiring you to post a bond of some type. In most cases, if you are arrested, you will be required to post either a cash bond or a surety bond in order to make your bail and be released from jail before your court hearing or trial.

 

What is a cash bond?

A cash bond requires that you pay the full amount of your bond before you will be released from jail. When your case is over, whether you are found innocent or guilty, the cash bond will be refunded to you, but fines, fees, and other court costs will be deducted from your cash bond. Any remaining bond money will be refunded to you.

 

What is a surety bond?

Most people cannot afford the full amount of a cash bond. A surety bond allows a third-party guarantor, usually a bail bondsman, to guarantee that you will appear in court whenever you are required to be there. The bail bondsman makes the financial commitment to the court on your behalf, and you must pay the bondsman a percentage of the surety bond, usually ten percent, for this service. A surety bond costs much less than a cash bond.

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