Bail and Bonds

We have a proven track record of success in handling over 15,000 criminal cases and are consistently awarded as one of Ohio’s top criminal defense firms. We are highly experienced bail and bonds lawyers in Columbus, OH and all of central Ohio. Experience matters when dealing with these cases, which prosecutors and judges handle differently on a case-by-case basis. We know what to expect and what to do to get the best result possible.

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Bail and Bonds in Columbus, OH

The first question an individual may ask when they are arrested is, “How can I get out of jail?” The answer is that the judge will either grant or deny bail. In considering whether or not to grant bail, the judge will consider the following factors:

  • Whether the defendant is a flight risk;
  • Whether the defendant has any connections in his or her local community; and
  • Whether the defendant has failed to appear for any court date.

Often, an individual will be required to find a bail bondsman, post their own bail, or have their lawyer post bail. It is generally better to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Columbus prior to posting your bail. They can begin assisting you in your defense immediately and will represent you at your subsequent hearing.

Columbus Bail Bond Lawyer

It is important to hire a knowledgeable attorney to help you post your bond and represent your case at subsequent hearings in Columbus, and the surrounding areas in Ohio, including Delaware, Dublin, Westerville, London, West Jefferson, Newark, Lancaster, Circleville, Pataskala, Pickerington and Ashville.

Brian Joslyn of the Joslyn Law Firm is knowledgeable in all areas of Columbus criminal law will make every effort to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your particular situation. Call the Joslyn Law Firm for a consultation today.

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Types of Bond in Columbus

If the alleged offender’s bail granted, the defendant must post their bail. Posting bail can be done through posting cash, some type of property, or a bail bond. The bond is a form of security for the release of the defendant, who must appear in court at a later time. Bail may take any of the following forms:

  • A Cash Bond – This type of bail requires the defendant to deposit an amount set by the judge with the court.
  • A Surety Bond – This type of bail requires the defendant to have a bail bondsman intervene on his or her behalf and post a promissory note for the full amount of the bond. In return, the bondsman typically will receive a one-time fee of approximately 10% to 15% of the bond amount.
  • A Cash Bond or Appearance Bond – This type of bail requires the defendant to deposit 10% of the bond amount, with the other 90% of the bond to be paid if the defendant fails to appear at any future court dates. If the defendant consistently appears, the defendant will be entitled to a refund of the full amount deposited.
  • An Own Recognizance (O.R.) Bond or Signature Bond – This is the least restrictive type of bond, as it is typically unsecured and requires no payment. A signature bond is a type of bail where essentially, the defendant’s signed statement, promising to appear at all future court dates is all that is needed for release. Because they are promising to appear on the own recognizance or O.R., this bond is usually referred to as an O.R. bond in Ohio. Failure to appear at any subsequent hearings can result in an additional criminal charge.
  • A Cash Signature Bond – Sometimes a person will be issued a bond that includes a money amount, for example a $1000 signature bond, $5000 signature bond, or even a $10,000 signature bond. The amount will vary based on the charges and circumstances of the case. The amount of money is not expected to be paid upfront the defendant may still go free without paying anything, a cash signature bond works the same as a cashless signature bond in that respect. The difference is that if the defendant fails to appear in court, then the cash amount is what the bond will be converted to and what they will be expected to pay.

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Release from a Columbus Jail

Once bail has been posted, the defendant will either be released immediately or within a period of several hours, depending on the size and capacity of the jail. After being released, the defendant will be given his or her next court date. The entire bail amount will be refunded to either the defendant or the bail bondsman if the defendant complies with all future court appearances.

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Joslyn Law Firm | Bail Attorney in Columbus

Contact the Joslyn Law Firm today for a consultation about your posting bail for your alleged criminal charges in Columbus, Ohio. It is important to hire a knowledgeable Columbus criminal defense lawyer to represent you in all aspects of your criminal case. Call (614) 444-1900 for a consultation about your bail bond and criminal allegations in Franklin County and surrounding counties, including Pickaway County, Madison County, Delaware County, Licking County and Fairfield County in Ohio.

  • Brian Joslyn was named Best Lawyer in 2019 by Birdeye.
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  • Preeminent Attorney Award. Peer rated for highest level of professional exellence.
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