FAQ & Bail Info

What is the purpose of Bail?

A family member or friend of mine was just arrested, where do they get taken to?

What happens when the inmate sees the commissioner?

The defendant has seen the commissioner, where is the inmate taken to?

Once a bail is posted, how long does it take to release the defendant?

What is a Cash Bail? And can a Bail Bondsman post it?

What is a Warrant and how do I know if I have a Pre-Set Bail?


What is the purpose of Bail?

The primary purpose of bail is to insure the defendant’s appearance in court. Bail provides the opportunity for the person to be released from custody, possibly hire an attorney, and begin preparing for their day in court. If a bail bondsman fails to produce the defendant in court then it’s the bondsman’s responsibility to reprimand the defendant and bring him back into custody.

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A family member or friend of mine was just arrested, where do they get taken to?

Depending on when and where the person was arrested many things could happen. Generally when a person gets arrested they are eventually transported for processing at a local precinct. Here they get fingerprinted and release whatever property they had on them at that time to the police. Some inmates can sit in a precinct for as many as 12 hours or more until they get transported to see a district court commissioner. By law, the state of Maryland actually has up to a full 24 hours in which to get the inmate in front of a commissioner. If you are curious about a specific location that someone was locked up and want to know which precinct they will be transported to, please contact us at 410-534-6070.

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What happens when the inmate sees the commissioner?

Once the inmate gets transported from the precinct they are taken to see a district court commissioner. This is called the “initial bail hearing.” The purpose of this hearing is to review the current charges that the defendant is facing as well as verify basic information about the defendant and review their criminal history. Based off of all the information the commissioner has they decide the bail amount. Once a commissioner has set a bail the case becomes active. It is at this point in time a bail bondsman can post the bail. A bail bondsman is not able to post any bail prior to the defendant seeing the commissioner.

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The defendant has seen the commissioner, where is the inmate taken to?

If the inmate does not have bail arranged at the time he sees the commissioner the inmate gets transported to the detention center. There is a really small window of time for the person to actually get bailed out from the commissioner’s office. Depending on where the defendant is arrested and sees the commissioner determines the detention center they are later held at. So if someone was locked up in Baltimore County, they would be eventually held at the Baltimore County detention center in Towson.

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Once a bail is posted, how long does it take to release the defendant?

It is important to remember that every jail has different procedures as far as their release policies go. Baltimore City Central Booking is by far the longest out of any jail. Baltimore City release policies range anywhere from 4 to 24 hours but they average between 6 and 8 hours. Baltimore County consistently releases inmates within 2 to 3 hours of a bail being posted. If you are curious about any other Jails and their release policies please give us a call at 410-534-6070.

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What is a Cash Bail? And can a Bail Bondsman post it?

A lot of people call us asking if we can post Cash Bails. Bail Bondsman cannot post cash bails. When a commissioner sets a bond as cash it means that the full amount of the bail needs to be paid in cash directly to the courts. The purpose of a cash bond is to hold that money as collateral until the defendant appears for court. Once the defendant appears for court the money (in most cases) will eventually be returned to the person that posted the bail. Instances where money will not be returned would be if someone was paying cash bail for child support or failure to pay for services rendered. As in these cases the cash for the bonds would be considered “restitution” and it would go towards the person that is owed the money.

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What is a Warrant and how do I know if I have a Pre-Set Bail?

A warrant is a lawful claim to make an arrest. People get warrants for a multitude of reasons. The most common reasons someone has a warrant is for failing to appear in court and violation of probation. Typically, when someone fails to appear for a court appearance that carries a possible jail sentence, a judge will issue a “pre-set bail.” A pre-set bail is a bail that is determined by a judge and is for the most part un-changeable. Depending on the charge the defendant was supposed to appear for court for and their previous criminal record usually helps determines the judge’s decision on a pre-set bail. If you think you might have a warrant for your arrest and you want to inquire about taking care of the warrant, please call us at any time: 410-534-6070.

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