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What Is A Bond? Why Are Bonds Set?


February 1, 2019

A bond is an amount that person risks if the accused does not show up to court. Usually, that person is a bondsman. Sometimes the State gives you a personal recognizance bond. These bonds are available for minor offenses. A personal recognizance bond is a bond that is essentially monitored by the government or the county where you were arrested. Sometimes, these bonds contain conditions that a regular bond would not require.

Bonds are set so that the government doesn’t have to keep everyone they accuse of a crime in jail. It is essentially a monetary promise made by a third party that the accused will continue to show up to court while the case is pending.

Usually, bonds come with basic conditions. These conditions include restrictions on travel (don’t leave the State or don’t leave the County), and a requirement that the accused not commit any new offense.

What Is A PR Bond?

When the government is your bondsman it is considered a PR bond. The PR stands for Personal Recognizance. The bad part about a PR bond is that the government can use the benefit of a lower bond fee to disguise requirements that would not be present if you used a bondsman. These include random drug tests, outpatient or inpatient treatment, drug and alcohol classes, parenting classes and many other potential requirements.

What’s The Difference Between A PR Bond And Using A Bondsman?

The first difference is that PR bonds are typically cheaper than a private bondsman. But like anything else the government’s price might be cheaper but the quality is lower and it comes at the cost of your freedom. A PR bond is typically 3% of the total bond. A private bondsman, on the other hand, will usually charge 10%. Still, PR bonds are going to have requirements that are going to cost you money, For instance, no one tells you that if you take a drug test you have to pay for the drug test. If you test positive then you have to deal with a pre-trial violation. Sometimes, you will be pressured to resolve your case (plead guilty) so that you avoid having your PR bond revoked.

What Does RWOB Mean? What Does It Mean When Someone Has Been RWOB?

The term RWOB means that your case has been remanded without bond. This usually occurs when someone is on probation, deferred adjudication, or pre-trial release and has had a violation. Essentially, it is the judge’s way of telling you that he or she is upset and a lawyer needs to approach and explain to the judge why it is you should be given a bond. If you are picked up while you are Remanded Without Bond you will stay in custody until a lawyer approaches the judge to explain why you should be given a bond. A good lawyer will ask you how much of a bond you can afford and will then attempt to convince the judge to put your bond at an amount that you can make. Usually, judges will not set a bond until you are in custody. So, your lawyer needs to make arraignments to get the bond set and walk you through the custody process so that the warrant can be cleared.

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