Bond Guidelines

If you or someone you know has been issued a bond, that could mean many things depending on certain factors. If it is secured, you will have to post a secured amount of funds, typically to a bail bondsman in order to obtain your release. If the bond is unsecured, there is typically no cash required up front in order to be release. The bond is set by a Judge, and the amount depends on a lot of factors that are specified in N.C.G.S. 15A-534 which states that:

“In determining which conditions of release to impose, the judicial official must, on the basis of available information, take into account the nature and circumstances of the offense charged; the weight of the evidence against the defendant; the defendant's family ties, employment, financial resources, character, and mental condition; whether the defendant is intoxicated to such a degree that he would be endangered by being released without supervision; the length of his residence in the community; his record of convictions; his history of flight to avoid prosecution or failure to appear at court proceedings; and any other evidence relevant to the issue of pretrial release.”

If you have been issued a bond, there are options available in order to address it. A bond modification hearing would have to be scheduled in court so that an argument could be made on your behalf in front of a Judge. If you have any questions regarding your bond you should speak with an attorney.