Bail Bonds Terms, Part 2

Yesterday, we posted a blog highlighting several important bail bonds terms.  Today, we have continued that list.

  • Bail Bond Discharge When someone cosigns for bail bonds they are guaranteeing the defendant will go to court as often as needed to finish their case.  Once the defendant’s case is over, the bail bond will be “discharged” by the court.  This releases the bondsman and the cosigner from responsibility.
  • Bench Warrant If a defendant is out on bail and they miss a court date, the judge will issue a bench warrant for their immediate arrest.  This means the defendant can be arrested on any day at any time, even if they don’t commit another crime.
  • Indemnitor A bail bonds indemnitor is also referred to as the bail bonds cosigner.  When the indemnitor cosigns the bail bonds documents, they are guaranteeing two things: First, that the defendant will go to court and finish their case.  Second, they are guaranteeing that the bondsman’s fee will be paid.
  • Jumping Bail If a defendant decides to flee in order to evade prosecution, this is referred to as jumping bail.  This is a very serious offense that should be avoided at all costs.
  • Own Recognizance Release This is also known as an OR release. Defendants who are released OR are released on a promise to appear in court.  This type of release is reserved for defendants who have been accused of low-level misdemeanor crimes.

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