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Bail is the temporary release of an accused person awaiting trial on condition that a sum of cash money be lodged to guarantee their appearance in Abbeville County Court.
Once the defendant is booked and filed for arrest, a custody and bail hearing will be scheduled, usually within 48 hours.
At the hearing the judge may issue a bail amount. This bail amount is a refundable sum of cash money paid to the court or the Abbeville County Sheriff's Department to provide incentive for the defendant to attend all scheduled court hearings.
Anyone over the age of 18 who can produce a valid government-issued photo ID can post bail. Accepted forms of ID include a Photo Driver's License, Passport, or Motor Vehicle issued ID.
In many circumstances, if the defendant has the resources, they can post their own cash bail from jail.
Surety Bonds are arranged by a third party, typically a South Carolina licensed Bail Bond firm or one approved to do business in Abbeville County.
Juveniles may only be bailed or bonded out of custody by a parent or legal guardian.
Bail can usually be posted seven days a week, 24 hours a day, at Abbeville County Prison or during operating hours at the Abbeville County Court where the bail hearing occurred.
To confirm your inmate is approved for bail, the amount and that a cashier is available to process the paperwork, call 864 446-6200 before arriving.
As a general rule, a judge will most likely set a higher bail or bond for more serious crimes and a lower amount for less serious crimes. Other factors may include, but are not limited to:
Because Abbeville County and South Carolina can change their bail bond procedures, it is always best to call either the jail or the court directly after an arrestee has been booked. Go directly to the Abbeville County Jail and Court pages here to find the phone number you need for this information.
Ask the jail or court representative these specific questions:
To save you the time and trouble, jailexchange.com has compiled the bail bond policies for the Abbeville area which you can link to directly by going here.
If you feel the bail is too high and you wish to get it reduced, contact a lawyer or the defendant's public defender and get them to look into what they can do to get a bail reduction.
In the event that someone does not have the full bond amount available to him or her, there is what is called a private bond or surety bond.
This is an agreement made with a bail agent or bondsman who will post the full bail amount. In return, the defendant and/or cosigner will pay a premium to the bail agent. This premium will be 10-15% of the full bail amount.
For example, if bail is posted at $5,000, then the premium will cost approximately $500-$750.
A bail agent will often require some form of collateral, for example, a lien on a house, a car or jewelry. This is to ensure that if the defendant skips bail, or does not appear in court, the bail agent has some sort of compensation for the full bail amount being paid.
Remember, by making an agreement with a bail agent the signatory takes responsibility for paying the full bail amount if the defendant does not appear in court.
If you are a landowner in Abbeville County you may be able to post a property bond. Property within Abbeville County may be used as collateral to bail someone out. All owners of the property must be present to sign the bond in order for this to happen.
To find if property located outside of Abbeville County can be used as collateral, call a local bail or bond agent or contact a defense lawyer.
Click here for additional information on how to post bail at Abbeville County Prison.
As long as all the necessary documentation and identification are provided, the bail paperwork should take no more than 15 to 30 Minutes. Once the bail is processed it may take 2 to 10 hours for the defendant to be released from Abbeville County Prison. It is common for larger jails to have longer processing times.
Money or collateral will not be returned until the defendant's court case is finished, so realistically it could take several months to years, depending on the severity of the charges. If a defendant posts his or her own bail, Abbeville County Court may retain whatever amount of fines or fees have accumulated throughout the trial.
The Judge may order a failure to appear warrant for the person's arrest or the Judge may order a Bail Commissioner's Letter be issued that will be sent to the person with a new court date.
If cash bail was paid, the entire amount may be forfeited.
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