Written by our Subject Matter Experts, Updated on September 25, 2019
Our bail bond directory helps you learn about the bail bond process in Oregon so you can get in touch with the right people in order to get your loved one out of jail. We answer many important questions on how bail bonds work in Oregon and how much bail bonds cost.
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How do bail bonds work in Oregon?
Upon arrest anywhere in the state of Oregon, a person must be processed at the local county jail. To be released from jail, a few steps must occur, including being “booked in” and posting bail. Once the bail amount is confirmed, you can work with the jail directly to post the payment. The jail serves the role of a bail bondsman, so you won’t need to contact a commercial bail bond company to be released in Oregon. Oregon is one of the few states that doesn’t have private bail. This means you cannot use a commercial bail bondsman. In reality, there is no need to use a bondsman in Oregon since you can get better service and pricing from the court system.
The processing time typically can take anywhere from one to two hours to be completed. Oregon has Pretrial Services which handles recommendation to the court on pre-trial releases. An officers interviews the arrested person within 24 hours and makes a recommendation to the court for release based on the person’s prior criminal history, flight risk, employment, and other factors. If it’s determined the person can be released, various scenarios can be explored. Similarly to using a bail bondsman, you will pay the state a 10% bail bond fee to be released. There simply isn’t a middle man in this process which the state of Oregon prefers. After release, you are expected to make all court dates. If you miss a court date, a warrant for your arrest will be issued and you will land back in a Oregon jail. Make sure you understand all rules in place after leaving jail, such as any check-ins with your officer, drug testing, rules on leaving the state, etc.
How much is bail in Oregon?
In Oregon, the Pretrial Services Office takes the lead in interviewing the arrested person and setting a bail amount. Instead of using a bail bondsman, you can directly pay a 10% fee to the court to be released. 15% of the 10% bail bond fee is non-refundable as it’s used for court and administrative fees. The rest will be returned to you upon meeting all your obligations, such as attending all court cases and following all rules that may be part of your pre-trial release (not leaving the state, etc.)
You can also be released by paying the full amount in cash or putting property up. Low flight risk, little criminal history, and a low-income situations may offer additional flexibility as the state wants to avoid discriminator practices that may hurt someone’s long term success in life.
A bounty hunter is hired by a bail bondsman to locate and arrest a person who does not show to court as agreed in their bail bond agreement. Bounty hunters are sometimes referred to as bail recovery agents.