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How To Post Bail

If you or a loved one are arrested and end up in jail, you may have the option to pay a stated amount to be released before your trial date. Depending on the severity of the crime, the set bail amount will vary, and you will need to pay that amount in full before being released.

If you post bail, you are then free to go as long as you agree to return for your appearance before the judge. Fortunately, there are several options for paying bail, so you should be able to find a way that fits your needs.

Cash 

If the amount due to be released is within reason for you to pay cash, this is an option you may want to consider. First offense, misdemeanor crimes are typically some of the lowest bail amounts.

Paying cash to make bail is great because it does not require a third party to get involved to take care of the situation. 

If you are paying cash, you will pay the court directly for the entire bail amount. Then, as long as you show up to your hearing, your money will be returned to you less any state costs and court fees that are collected by the court. 

Bail Bonds

If you need to post bail Lancaster PA, but the cost is not affordable working with a third party is going to be your best solution. Using a bail agent is a commonly used option because you will only be required to pay a certain percentage of the stated bail amount and the agent will take care of the rest.

If you want to use an agent, you will need to find someone willing to take on the risk of providing the funds for your bail. Just like paying cash bail, the money is only returned if you show up for your stated court date. Therefore, if the bond agent does not feel you are likely to do so, or they deem you a flight risk, you may be denied a bond.

No matter what method you choose to use to post bail, if you are released after paying your bail and do not return for your trial you will be rearrested and will most often not be afforded the opportunity for bail at that time. If you do not have the option to post bail, you will be kept in jail until the next court date available, which sometimes could be weeks from the arrest date.