The duration of bail can vary depending on various factors, including the type of bail, the nature of the charges, and the case’s specific circumstances. In general, bail can last from the time it is posted until the case’s conclusion, which may include the trial, sentencing, and any appeals process.
Some common types of bail include:
- Cash bail: Cash bail involves paying the full amount in cash or certified funds. The bail money will be returned after the case if the defendant appears for all scheduled court dates.
- Surety bond: A surety bond involves using a bail bondsman or other third party to post bail on behalf of the defendant. The bondsman typically charges a non-refundable fee for their services, and the bond will remain in effect until the case’s conclusion.
- Release on own recognizance (OR): Release on OR is a type of bail that allows the defendant to be released without posting any bail money. Instead, the defendant signs a statement promising to appear for all scheduled court dates.