If you are arrested for a felony or misdemeanor in Georgia, you are entitled either to a bond or a hearing to determine if bond will be set. If bond is set, you usually can post it in one of three ways.
1. Cash Bond– You can post cash in the full amount of bond. For large bonds, coming up with that much money can be quite difficult. The advantage is that all money is returned once your case is over.
2. Property Bond– You can post a property bond. You will have to check with the County Sheriff to find out what he wants you to do. Generally the equity in the property must be twice the amount of the bond. The obvious advantage is that no money is required.
3. Bail Bondsman (Surety)– Most popular, is paying a bail bondsman (also called a surety) to go on your bond. Bondsmen charge a fee to sign onto your bond. This fee is set by statute. For bonds up to $10,000 the bondsman can charge you up to 12% of the bond amount. For bail bonds in excess of $10,000 you can be charged up to 15%. This fee is not refundable. If you hire a bail bondsman, and if you are not local, the bondsman might have you pay collateral in excess of the fee. This collateral will be returned to you once your case is over.
Sometimes a judge will set an Own Recognizance (OR) bond. This means you just have to sign your signature. No property or case is needed. This type of bond is rarely granted
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