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The Bonds That TV Shows Don"t Show

In TV and movie land whenever one of the major characters finds themselves behind bars, an almighty attorney or bail bonds agent shows up to rescue them.
A guard will then say a phrase similar to "(Insert name here) you've made bail".
While a common trope in a lot of movies and TV shows, there are a lot of things that these shows often get wrong.
Living with the assumption that bail works the same way in real life as it does on TV shows or movies carries with it significant risks.
Remember, ignorance of the law does not protect a person from the consequences of disobedience.
It is important to know and understand the way the legal system works, less one parades around in real life like a child ignorant of their actions.
Below is a small list that talks about the different kinds of bail and a small discussion on what it is and how it's different from other types of bail.
- What is a citation release? Also commonly referred to as a cite out, this form of bail is quite different from the one that is shown on TV or movies.
In this type of bail the arresting police officer simply gives the arrested individual a citation.
The citation simply informs the arrestee when their hearing will be and that they are required to attend their day in court.
These occur right after and individual is arrested and does not require payment or the services of a bail bonds agent.
- Do illegal aliens get a chance to post bail? Most people may not know this but the bail is actually a right, especially if a person has been remanded for an extended period of time.
The funny thing about it is that it even extends to illegal immigrants.
An immigrant bond is one of the several bail bonds.
It is the type of bond that is issued by a bail bonds agent when the immigrant wishes to make bail.
These types of bonds are typically more expensive with a bail bondsman fee that ranges from 15% to 20% of the amount set by the court.
- Is it possible to make bail without paying money? Some cases are unique in that the accused may make bail if they pledge real estate property.
An accused person may pledge real estate in order to post bail.
A person acting on the behalf of the accused may also do this.
The value of the property must be equivalent to or exceed the amount set by the judge.

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