Baltimore Bail Bonds Lawyer
If you are in jail pending trial on criminal charges, your first priority, obviously, is to get out. I can help you do that either by posting bail or by helping you get released on your own recognizance. In certain circumstances, however, the court can order you held until trial.
My name is Jim Crawford. For the past 18 years, I have helped people in Baltimore, Catonsville, Annapolis, Bel Air and other parts of Maryland get out of jail so they can work and be with their families.
What Does It Mean to Be Released on My Own Recognizance?
The best way to be released from jail is "on your own recognizance." This means that the commissioner finds, based upon the type of crime and your background, that you are to be trusted and can be released without paying bail.
In determining whether to release you on your own recognizance, the commissioner will consider the seriousness of the crime, your criminal record, the danger you may pose to the community, your ties to your family and community, and whether you are employed.
It always helps to be represented by an attorney. I know what facts and arguments will help convince the commissioner to release you on your own recognizance.
What Is Bail?
Bail is an amount of money you may be ordered to pay to be released from jail pending trial. Most people hire a bail bondsman, who will ask you to pay a certain percentage (either 10 percent or less) of the required bail. The commissioner may allow you to instead post cash bail and/or equity in real property. If you do not appear for trial, bail is forfeited.
If you appear for trial, any cash bail or property you posted will be returned to you. If you pay a bail bondsman to post bail, however, that money will not be returned.
My law office offers a 24-hour bail bonds service through a highly qualified bail bondsman. If you need to be bailed out of jail in Maryland, call me toll free at 866-635-0623. I am available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
What if I Am Denied Bail?
If the commissioner denies bail, you will be held in jail until your trial. As your attorney, I can appeal to the court to release you.
If you face criminal charges, contact me, Maryland 24-hour bail attorney Jim Crawford, before you talk to police or anyone else. I offer a free initial consultation. To contact me, call 443-701-4525 or 866-635-0623.