When you have been arrested and are dealing with bail in a federal case, it is important to know that bail cannot be posted until you appear in court. In court, the bail amount will be determined by the US Magistrate, on the day of arrest or even within the first few days after the arrest has been made. Soon after an arrest, a Pretrial Service Officer will recommend a bail amount to the United States Magistrate. The recommendation is made based on your background and/or any prior history in criminal offenses. The Pretrial Services Officer will interview you, however, you will not be asked any questions specifically related to your case.
Whether you will be detained with or without bail is determined by the federal judge is you are considered a flight risk (i.e., likely to run away) or a danger to the local community. If you are ever detained without a bail amount set, you still have the opportunity to appeal to a federal judge at a later date and ask for a reasonable bail amount to be set.
In most cases in the federal court, a signature bond may be enough for the defendant. A Signature Bond is a promise to return without the need to put up front any collateral. Once the court appoints a bail amount, the defendant is allowed to sign a document promising to pay the set bail amount to the federal government, if the defendant fails to appear at any of the court hearings (a family member is also allowed to sign the document on behalf of the defendant).
However, in the federal court system, unlike the state court system, the court can impose various “pretrial” conditions upon an accused. Depending upon the nature of the charges you are facing in federal court you may be required to do any or all of the following as a condition of your release from custody:
- surrender all passports,
- limit your ability to travel outside the jurisdiction of the federal court,
- surrender any firearms you may have in your home,
- abstain from drug/alcohol use,
- be confined to a set curfew,
- not associate with particular individuals,
- not loiter in certain areas and institutions,
- not be employed in set fields and industries,
- take part in a court-ordered mental health evaluation,
- be monitored by a GPS tracking device, and
- other specific restrictions applicable to your case.
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It is critical that you retain a bail bond agent as soon as you realize you are being investigated for a federal criminal offense. As you can see, in federal court, if you are merely arrested, you stand to lose a tremendous amount of your freedoms. It is often the case that federal criminal cases can go on for from one to three years. You will be forced to live under any or all of the restrictions above during this entire time. There will be a pretrial services officer monitoring you to make certain you comply with these restrictions. If you violate even one of them you can be returned to federal custody without the right to post any bail.
Having the federal bail services like Barbarian Bail Bonds on speed dial will be a great asset at your side at the outset of your case can make the difference between you having bail posted immediately or days/weeks later. Barbarian Bail Bonds have been in the business for over twenty-five years. We are just a phone call away. Call us today at 714.393.2447 for immediate assistance. We are available 24/7 and 365 days out of the year. We will be there when you call.