Bond Money

Written by Will Baum
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Bond money is readily available through a bail bond agency. The courts set bail amounts high enough to force a defendant to not to fault on a bail bond by fleeing before his or her court date, but not so high as to be impossible to raise through a bail bond agency. Oftentimes within 48 hours of beginning the bond process, defendants are out from behind bars. They need only to show up at their court date to insure their bond money isn't forfeited.

Bond Money and History

The present-day bail system is based on laws developed in England over centuries. Beginning in medieval times, there was a version of the modern bail system in place. Sheriffs ran the show, often abusing their power. New rules and regulations placed magistrates in charge, while at the same time limiting their power.

After the American Revolution, the Bill of Rights was closely based on these British laws. The Eighth Amendment, which legislates against unreasonable bail amounts, is taken almost verbatim from British statutes. The American bail system continued, basically unchanged for almost two hundred years.

The Bail Reform Act of 1966 was the first major change to bail law since the Constitution was written. The 1966 statute sought to ease bail requirements for defendants. In some cases, the law backfired when violent criminals were released on their own recognizance and committed additional crimes while out on bail. In 1970, Congress changed the Bail Reform Act to allow consideration of the danger a defendant posed to his or her community. Experienced bail agents can make handling the bail process simple. The Internet is a great place to find bond money when you need it.

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