Posting Bail Gets Him Out of Jail, But What About When There Are Holds?

People who are arrested and charged with crimes are usually taken to the county jail. At the jail or very soon afterwards during a bond hearing, a bond is set. If someone pays the bond, the defendant gets out of jail to await his hearing unless one of the following occurs:

Probation Violation Hold

News travels fast, and it is not unusual for a probation or parole officer to be notified one of the people they supervise has gone to jail.

Getting arrested is typically considered a violation, so a separate charge of probation violation might be filed immediately. In some counties, bonds are not given to those charged with probation violation.

I.C.E. Detainer

The Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) can place a hold on an immigrant who has been arrested and have that person held in jail without bond for a few days.

The purpose of this hold is to give I.C.E. a chance to pick the immigrant up for an investigation of the person’s legal status in the USA. These detainers typically are labeled No-Bond Holds.

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Bond Company Declines

In rare instances the arrested person might be granted a bond, but none of the local bond companies want to take the risk. If this happens, the arrestee won’t be released until a bond company is found that is willing to post the bail amount.

Alternatively, someone can privately post the entire bond amount to the court to get the arrestee released instead of going through a bail bond company.

Another State has a Hold

Jails usually do a nationwide check on any inmate being booked into the jail. If another state has a warrant for that person, the jail will contact that state and ask if the state wants the arrestee held for them to come get after the local case has been handled.

When this happens, the inmate is placed on a No-Bond Hold.

Final thoughts: Before posting a bond to get someone released from jail, it is important to ask whether there are any other warrants or holds on that person. If so, posting the local bond is a waste of money. The court, clerks etc will take the money and then refuse to release the inmate.



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