You have a constitutional right to bail that is not excessive, guaranteed by both the U.S. Constitution and the Mississippi Constitution. If bail has been set, either initial bail by the law enforcement agency, or by the court, the only way to get the person out of jail is to pay the bond for his/her release. Once your bail has been set, there are generally three options available to you:
- Cash bond – you can deposit the entire amount of your bail in cash. The court will hold your money until you make all of your court appearances and your case is over. At the end of your case, if you have made all of your appearances, you will receive all of your money back, minus court costs, fines, etc., if any.
- Property bond – the court will post a lien on property you own, and if you don’t make all of your appearances the court will foreclose on your property to obtain the bail amount. Property bonds are rarely an option.
- Bail bond – a bail bond is a contract between you and a bonding agent whereby this agent pays your bail, and guarantees to the court that you will make your appearances. Because most people can’t come up with the entire amount of their bail in cash, a bail agent is involved in most cases.
Contact Attorney Clarence T. Guthrie III
To speak with a Mississippi criminal defense lawyer about state or federal criminal charges, contact The Guthrie Firm, PLLC in Ridgeland, Mississippi, on County Line Road very close to Jackson. To schedule a free consultation with attorney Clarence T. Guthrie III, call 601-991-1099 or toll-free at 866-991-1055. Feel free to contact us by email as well.