Bail Bonds in New Jersey, What You Need To Know.
All bail bonds in New Jersey are determined according to the crime and any other aggravating circumstances. The state of New Jersey also allows judges to consider the prior criminal history of the defendant. A defendant with prior failure to appear charges may also be determined to be a flight risk. Some very serious charges, such as murder, can be assessed without bond.
Bond applicants must be qualified for bonds. Felony bail bonds are always higher, and will normally require a third-party guarantor and a promissory note in the event the defendant does not have sufficient assets or is a high risk for failure to appear in court.
Keep in mind that there is a also $30 filing fee on all indictable NJ charges that must be paid to the jail in addition to the bonding premium.
Each charge carries a particular bond level and multiple charges will result in additional bond requirements. The premium for carrying a defendant's bond is due at the time of release unless otherwise agreed upon by the contracting parties. Some bonding agencies allow installments, though it is not a legal requirement.
What happens if I decide to run for it?
As a professional and licensed bail bond company in NJ, we have the legal right to apprehend any defendant who has breached the bond agreement, which is basically a contract between the you, the defendant, and the bondsman, us (and sometimes the court).
It's always a good idea to work with your bail bondsman and abide by the rules that you agreed upon. If you do not, you may be arrested and placed back in jail. Now then, you can always call another bail bond company to bond you out, but... they may not based on your previous action with the prior bail company. As well, if you do get bonded out again, you and your family will incur more costs to get you out of jail, and you will still need to abide by the rules set by the new bail company.
Even though a defendant is possibly facing jail time, remember that our bail bondsmen are also business people that takes risks for profit just like other financiers.