Anywhere in the state of Rhode Island, upon arrest, a person must be processed at the local county jail. In order to be released from jail, several steps must occur, including being booked into jail and posting bail. You can pay the bail amount in cash but you have to pay the entire bail bond. The Rhode Island court system can also release you on Own Recognizance (OR) which is typically used on smaller crimes committed. The judge finds you low risk and has strong confidence that you will show up to court. There is no fee with Own Recognizance and you have no out of pocket cost to be released from a Rhode Island jail. You can also be released from jail by using a Property Bond. You will need personal property or land/home value that’s equal or greater than the bail amount. If you don’t show up to court or violate your release terms, the court will issue a warrant for your arrest and can take over your property.
Knowing your bail options helps you better understand how bail bonds work in Rhode Island. If you decide to use a bail bondsman, you can ask them to come to the jail to post the bond. The jail release procedure begins and typically takes anywhere from one to two hours to be completed. Even though cash bonds are acceptable, it is usually not commonly done due to financial limitations.
Rhode Island Bail Bonds agents can help you with all your surety needs:
- Rhode Island Surety Bail Bonds
- Rhode Island Property Bail Bonds
- Rhode Island Immigration Bail Bonds
Individuals should ask the question of “How much does a bail bond cost?” so they understand what costs are associated with bail. In Rhode Island, you can be released from jail on Personal Recognizance if it’s a minor offense and the judge determines you are low risk to the public and that they have high confidence you will attend all court dates. In other cases, the court may determine you will need a surety bail bond which will cost you 10% of the bail amount in Rhode Island. This amount is non-refundable as is the case in most other states.
If you are unable to afford the 10% bail cost, you can request a ‘Bail Hearing’ where the court will make a case for the bail amount that was set. You can argue your financial position and your inability to pay for the 10% bail bond fee due to low income.
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