After the Arrest
The 8th amendment of the United States Constitution states;
“Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted”-Ratified December 15th, 1791
In light of the constitutional guarantee against excessive bail, there are certain circumstances where bail may not be granted such as for particularly violent crimes, crimes of a sexual nature or if the Magistrate/Presiding Judge has reason to believe the defendant will attempt to flee the Commonwealth to avoid prosecution.
However, most charges people find themselves facing are bond-eligible and are granted by a Magistrate within a few hours. If the Magistrate decides instead to refer the bond issue to a court, the defendant will remain in custody until a bond hearing can be held, usually within 48 to 72 hours.
What You Will Need
When a friend or a loved one finds themselves on the wrong side of a jail cell door, it is natural to want to get them out as quickly as possible.
But before you head down to the city jail to pick them up, make sure you bring an ample supply of patience because it may take several hours or even days for the bond to be set either by a Magistrate or in the extreme cases, by a Judge in a bond hearing.
Getting a loved one out of jail may take a while.
However, once bail is granted (Which can be anywhere from $250.00, $500.00, $5000.00 or much more depending on the offense) the defendant or thier family
have the options of:
- Posting the bond to the court in cash:
- Pledging real property in lieu of cash (if allowed):
- Posting bond through a professional Bond Agent for a fee.
If you intend to sign for a bond for a friend or loved one you will need to bring the following documents with you:
- A valid, government-issued identification:
- Proof of income such as paycheck stubs, bank statement, etc.:
- Proof of business ownership in lieu of employment verification.
Having these documents available during the “bonding out” process will help ensure that things go as smoothly and as quickly as possible.
Call Kevin Johnson
If you have been arrested, call Kevin Johnson at KJ Bail Bonds (757) 737-5668
Kevin can assist clients at all South side jail facilities as well as those on the Peninsula.
Kevin Johnson will help you or your friend/loved one get the support they need at this critical time so everyone can start putting things back together.
KJ Bail Bonds also has competitive, reasonable rates for services rendered and can work with any budget to insure flexible payment options.
If you currently have or will soon experience legal problems, the first step is getting out. Write this number down somewhere you won’t lose it-