Maryland Jail Release

After someone is arrested, they are detained in a cell or a holding area until it is time to appear before a District Court commissioner who determines if probable cause exists to charge them. The commissioner advises the defendant of the following:

  • the charges brought against them;
  • their right to an attorney;
  • their right to obtain an attorney,
  • whether the offender should be detained or released pending trial; and
  • whether bail should be set and if so, at what amount.

Maryland Jail Release Lawyers

If you or a loved one has been recently arrested in Baltimore County, contact the lawyers of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates as soon as possible. Our attorneys have been representing many clients throughout the state for decades.

We represent clients facing all types of legal trouble for both felonies and misdemeanors in Baltimore, Catonsville, Arbutus, and Annapolis, Maryland. Contact the attorneys of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates at 443-709-9999 today for a free initial consultation.

Types of Bonds Baltimore County

  • cash bond– for this type of bond, only cash, cashier’s checks, or money orders are acceptable. A bails bondsman will not be allowed to bail someone out. An offender must pay the full bond amount in cash or certified check directly to the commissioner’s office in the county that the bail was set.
  • property bond– if the net equity of your property exceeds or meets the amount you must post in bail, you may be able to use your land or home to pay this cost.
  • corporate bond- this type of bond is not very common. In this case, an offender is ordered to only deal with a bail bondsman and not a commissioner. This type of bond is typically granted when a judge or commissioner thinks that a person would be better supervised and monitored by a bail bonds agency.
  • regular/simple bond- this type of bond tends to be the most common because it can be posted in various ways. An offender may also use a bails bondsman to get them out of jail by paying up to ten percent of the amount of the bond, which binds that person to that bonds company. Usually, offenders will be required to do weekly check-ins and appear in court in order to remain in good standing with the bonds company.
  • unsecured personal bond- in this case, a person is not required to post monetary or collateral bond but the commissioner sets an amount of money that a person is legally bound to if they do not appear in court on their specified court date.
  • released on own recognizance bond– Also known as the ROR or personal recognizance bond. A ror/pr bond allows offenders to be released with no monetary or collateral posting attached, other than the obligation to appear in court.
  • professional bail bondsman- a bail bondsman charges a non-refundable fee to post bail. The bondsman may also require collateral security or property to secure the offender’s release.

When someone posts 100% of the bail amount to the court commissioner upon release, they may get the money back after the defendant goes to trial. If you are bonded out by a bail bondsman you will not get that money back.

It is important to note that once someone makes the decision to post bond they will not receive credit for time served. Time served describes a sentence where the defendant is credited immediately after the guilty verdict with the time spent in custody awaiting trial. The time is usually subtracted from the sentence, with only the balance being served after the verdict.

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Jail and Prisons Located in Baltimore County

Below you will find locations and contact information for jail and prisons located within Baltimore County, Maryland.

Baltimore City Detention Center
Baltimore, MD
(410) 545-8120

Maryland Penitentiary
954 Forrest St
Baltimore, MD
(410) 837-2135

Corrections Bur-Home Detention
720 Bosley Ave
Towson, MD
(410) 512-3429

Baltimore County Department of Corrections
County Government Office
720 Bosley Ave
Towson, MD
(410) 512-3200

Ordnance Road Correctional Center
600 E Ordnance Rd
Glen Burnie, MD
(410) 222-6350

What is a Mandatory Minimum?

Certain crimes carry mandatory minimum jail sentences that require an offender to serve a minimum specified amount of time for offenses. Many times offenders are not allowed to be released for work or on house arrest if they are serving mandatory minimum sentences.

Judges are not allowed to suspend mandatory minimum sentences.

Common offenses that require mandatory minimum sentences may include the following:

  • driving under the influence 2nd, 3rd, or 4th offense;
  • driving under the influence with a BAC of .15 or higher;
  • driving on a suspended license 3rd offense; and
  • assault on a police officer

Jail Release Additional Resources

Inmate Locator: If you are concerned that your loved one is in jail and want information on their arrest, visit the website of the Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services to see the Inmate locator. If someone has been released their arrest information may not be located on the site.

Help a Loved One Get out of Jail in Maryland

The lawyers of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates have decades of experience representing clients facing criminal accusations throughout Baltimore County, MD. The first thing someone arrested should do is contact our attorneys as soon as possible.

Our lawyers have been representing clients and their families in Baltimore, Catonsville, Annapolis, and Arbutus, Maryland for over 18 years.

Call James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates at 443-709-9999 today for a free initial consultation.