Bail

After you are arrested, you have the right to a prompt bail hearing. Bail is the posting of money, property or other security to ensure your appearance in court. Some cases require security, and some require only a personal guarantee. In South Carolina, you may be released by signing your own personal recognizance bond unless a judge finds that your release is unreasonably dangerous to the community or that you may not return to court voluntarily for your trial. In most cases, you are entitled to bail in an amount and under conditions set by the judge.Once bail terms are set, any person with security acceptable to the court may post bail. If a family member or friend cannot post your bail, a professional bondsman may do so for a fee. Make sure you know and understand the cost of this bond and that it is non-refundable. A list of bondsmen is often kept at police stations. Under certain circumstances, the judge may allow you to post 10 percent of the bail with the court. This is refundable. It is a crime for a bondsman to refer you to a lawyer. In most cases, you may be released on bail and remain on bail until the case is called for a plea or trial.