Frequently Asked Questions
Sanctuary Bail Bonds
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- These are your options if you have been arrested:
- Surety Bond (a bail bond)
- Cash Bond
- Release On Own Recognizance (O.R.)
The attorney for the accused will usually provide their client with accurate, reliable information about their situation. That is of course dependent on the time of hiring and the extent the lawyer is able to communicate with their client while in the courtroom.
- What does Sanctuary Bail Bonds accept as collateral?
- Sanctuary Bail Bonds accepts the following items as collateral:
- Real Estate
- Credit Cards
- What forms of payment are accepted?
- At Sanctuary Bail Bonds, we accept the following forms of payment:
- Master Card
- American Express
- Cashier’s Checks
- Electronic Bank Transfers
How much is the bail? The bail agent will get this information when they contact the jail if you do not have it. With the bail amount the agent can tell you the amount it will cost to post a bond and get the person out of jail.
The court officer then brings the accused out from the court holding area and places them in front of the judge’s bench. The defense attorney stands next to the accused and the prosecuting attorney stands on the other side of the accused. Everyone involved faces the judge for the proceeding.
In recent years, some arraignments are conducted using closed circuit TV. The accused stands in front of a camera at the jail while the judge, defense attorney, prosecutor, and anyone else involved is in the courtroom with the accused appearing on the TV monitor.
The next formal step is for the accused to be read the formal (detailed) charges against them. To save time, the judge will ask the defense attorney if they will waive the reading of the detailed charges. A defense attorney following good courtroom etiquette will agree and explain the charges to their client if private.
After taking a moment to review the file, the judge asks the prosecutor for specifics of the case. The prosecutor then provides the court and defense attorney with certain formal notices (which can take many different forms) that may be required by law or procedural custom. The defense attorney can then provide the court and prosecutor with some “cross notices”.
Once the paperwork has been exchanged, the judge asks the prosecutor to make a statement regarding bail. The prosecutor then tells the judge whether or not they feel bail should be set (along with reasons), how much the bail should be, and a very brief description of the case. At this point, those speaking cannot be interrupted by an objection or other motion. Once the prosecutor is finished, the defense attorney can state their reasoning as to whether or not bail should be set and/or the reasons why bail should be kept lower.
Once the judge has heard both sides, they then make their decision regarding bail and the arraignment is over.
If bail is set, the court officer escorts the defendant back to the court’s holding area until bail is posted. If the judge set a “Release on Recognizance” (the defendant is released simply on the promise that they will return on the date of the trial), the defendant can simply walk out the courtroom door. In some states, the defendant is held in jail for a short time while ROR paperwork is processed, then released.
Note 1: For some minor cases, the judge, prosecutor, and defense attorney may discuss resolving the case right then and there in order to save valuable court time for more serious cases.
Note 2: Although it seems like a fairly detailed process, most arraignments take place in only 3-5 minutes. The experience of the judge and the attorneys involved greatly influences this process. Experienced lawyers and judges are very adept at presenting and evaluating cases quickly and using a lot of legal jargon that courtroom spectators may not be aware of. Family and friends of the defendant that are not aware of how the arraignment process works are often frustrated that the case is not argued at that time.
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Sanctuary Bail Bonds serves clients throughout the entire region including:
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