Within the United States Constitution, and decreed in the Bill of Rights(also referred to as “Declaration of Rights” or “Charter of Rights”), all citizens are protected against unfair or callous to suspected criminals and convicts, including unusual punishments and excessive bail and fines. For residents of Indiana, the laws governing such rights remains steadfast. If you or someone close to you might be facing criminal charges, it is wise to familiarize yourself with your 8th amendment rights.
Continue reading to learn what you need to know about your right to bail, bail bond conditions, and bail schedules.
Your 8th Amendment Rights
According to the Bill of Rights, our 8th Amendment gives us certain rights surrounding bail. Basically, it prohibits the federal government from being unfair or callous to suspected criminals and convicts. Specifically, it states, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”
Although your 8th amendment rights protects you against certain judicial injustices, there are still additional rules and requirements for bail, set forth by the state. One such rule is referred to as Indiana Bail Schedule. Each city, and county within, has their own bail schedule, which can be confusing for many. This is why it is important to always consult with a licensed and experienced bail bondsman who can provide accurate information regarding your case.
As an example, review the current Marion County, Indiana Bail Schedule:
Murder = NO BOND
Habitual Offender = $50,000 Surety
Level 1 & 2 = $50,000 Surety
Level 3 & 4 = $20,000 Surety
Level 5 = $7,500 Surety
Domestic Violence: Level 5 Felony = $25,000 Surety
Level 6 = $2, 000 Cash Bond
Class A Misdemeanor = $1,000 Cash Bond
Class B Misdemeanor = $1,000 Cash Bond
Class C Misdemeanor = $250 Cash Bond
Bail Bond Costs and Contracts
Bail bonds cost different amounts, depending on the state. Bail prices are mandated by law, and are not set by the bail bondsmen themselves. The standard rate in Indiana among bail bond companies is 10 to 15 percent of the full bond amount. For example, a $10,000 bond premium will cost $1,000 to $1,500 for a bail bond.
A bail bond company takes a significant risk when bonding a person from jail and underwriting their bail. The company is basically “fronting” the money to the courts to get a defendant out of jail. If the person fails to appear for their scheduled court date, the bond company can lose that money. If the defendant shows, they get that money back. For this reason, bail bondsmen can refuse service to someone if they do not trust them.
See our blog, “Standard Bail Bond Terms and Conditions in Indiana” to learn more.
Indiana Bail Bondsman at Your Service 24/7
Call Woods Bail Bonds at 317-876-9600 for safe and secure Indianapolis Indiana bail bonds you can trust, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Not only do we serve both adult and juvenile clients, we also offer prearranged bail bond services for those needing to surrender to an arrest warrant. In some cases, we can get you turned in and released in as little as one hour. Request a free estimate or jail information, anytime.