Monday, April 6, 2009

Bail Bonds in Ohio State Courts

In an earlier Blog, I discussed bail bonds in the Ohio criminal justice system. In this Blog, I will discuss the types of bail bonds that a court can impose when a defendant is charged with a crime and awaiting trial pursuant to Ohio law and the Rules of Criminal procedure.
Personal Recognizance of the Accsued or an Unsecured Bail Bond
A personal recognizance bond is essentially a promise, by a person charged with a crime under Ohio law, that he or she will return to court and comply with any and all court orders. When a defendant is granted a personal recognizance bond, it is not necessary for any bond money to be posted in order for the accused to be released during the pendency of the case. In general, the accused signs the personal recognizance bond and is then released under whatever conditions of release the court may impose under Ohio law.
Ten Percent Bail Bonds
A Ten Percent Bond requires that ten percent of the amount of the bond be secured in cash. Thereafter, ninety percent of the deposit shall be returned upon compliance with all conditions of the bond. For instance, if an Ohio judge imposes a $25,000.00 Ten Percent Bond, the accused would reuire the posting of $2,500.00 in order to be released pending the resolution of the
criminal case.
Surety Bonds
A surety bond is a bond secured by real estate or securities as allowed by law. Further, cash can be deposited under this provision in order to satisfy the conditions of the bond.
Further Questions?
The foregoing is a basic overview of ohio Rule of Criminal Procedure 46. If you have more specific questions concerning Bail Bonds in Ohio, or if you have questions concerning a possible Bail Reduction, please visit or call Cleveland, Ohio Criminal Attorny Ron Frey at (440) 537-0299 for a free consultation.