How Bail Bonds Work in UtahHow Bail Bonds Work

Understanding how Bail Bonds work in Utah will increase the confidence you have about bailing your loved one out of Jail. Massey’s Bail Bonds explains the Bail Bond process, goes over the terms & conditions of the Bond, & the time on Bond. For additional questions on how Bail Bonds work; call Massey’s directly!

Q.) What is the difference between Bail & Bond?

A.)  
Bail: Is a Monetary amount set by the Utah Courts to guarantee the accused appears to all court dates until disposition of the case is determined.
Bond: A fixed amount written for the monetary amount of the Bail set by the Court to guarantee all appearances until the disposition of the case.

Q.) How is the Bail amount determined?

A.)
  • Utah Bail Schedule: This is a menu used with a pre-determined Bail amount based on the alleged criminal offenses committed.
  • Probably Cause Statement: The officer’s written statement which a judge will review within 24 hrs of the arrest.
  • Utah Bail Schedule/Probable Cause Statement: An officer fills out a Probable Cause Statement & lists the Bail amount based on the Utah Bail Schedule. Within 24 hrs, an on-call judge reviews the (PCS) to determine if Bail will change.

 Q.) What is a Co-Signer?

A.)
The financially responsible party guarantying the Utah Bail Bond Company to pay the FULL Bail amount if the accused fails to appear until disposition of the case. The Indemnitor/Co-Signer is contractually liable & signs a binding contract.Ex:
  • Bail Amount: $50,000
  • Bond Value: $50,000
  • Bond Fee (10%-20%)         $5,000 – $10,000
  • Indemnitor/Co-Signers Liability $50,000

Terms & Conditions & Stipulations of The Utah Bail Bond Agreement

Q.) What are the contractual obligations of the Bond?

Loss of a bond will be evident if:

  • (1) The co-signer; defendant provided false information on the Utah Bail Bond application.
  • (2) The Court increases the bond beyond sound underwriting criteria employed by the Bail Bond Agent; Bail Bond surety.
  • (3) The defendant has an address change. Telephone number. Employer without giving reasonable notice to the Bail Bond Agent; Bail Bond Surety.
  • (4) The defendant is arrested for another crime while on bail.
  • (5) The defendant is back in jail in any jurisdiction.
  • (6) Failure by the defendant to appear in court at any appointed times.
  • (7) Finding of guilty against the defendant by a court of competent jurisdiction
  • (8) A request by the co-signer, based on reasons (1) through (8) pertain to the defendant; items (1), (3), (5), (7)  and (9), pertain to the co-signer

Q.) Can a Bond in Utah be reinstated?

A.)
1.) If a defendant appears in Court within seven days after a missed, scheduled court appearance, the Court may reinstate the bail bond without further notice to the surety.
2.)    If the defendant, while in custody, appears on the case for which the bail bond was posted, the Court may not reinstate the bail bond without the consent of the bond company.3.)    If a defendant fails to appear within seven days after a scheduled court appearance, the Court may not reinstate the bail bond without the consent of the surety.

​Time on Bond to the point of relief

Q.) Does a Bond Expire?
A.)
1.) If no information or indictment charging a person with an offense is filed in Court within 120 days after the date of the bail undertaking or cash receipt, the Court may relieve a person from conditions of release at the person’s request, and the bail bond or undertaking is exonerated without further order of the Court unless the prosecutor requests an extension of time before the end of the 120-day period by:

(a)    filing a notice for an extension with the Court;

(b)    serving the notice for extension upon the sureties and the person or his attorney.

(c) A court may extend Bail and conditions of release for a good cause.

2.) If the Court does not set on a calendar any hearings on a case within 18 months of the last court docket activity on a case, the undertaking of Bail is exonerated without motion.

Q.) Does everyone get Bail?

A.)
1.) An individual charged with or arrested for a criminal offense shall be admitted to bail as a matter of right, except if the individual is charged with a:

2.)     capital felony, when the Court finds there is substantial evidence to support the charge;

3.)     felony committed while on probation or parole, or while free on Bail awaiting trial on a previous felony charge, when the Court finds there is substantial evidence to support the current felony charge;

4.)     felony, when there is substantial evidence to support the charge and the Court, finds by clear and convincing evidence that the individual would constitute a significant danger to any other individual or the community, or is likely to flee the jurisdiction of the Court, if released on Bail;

5.)     felony when the Court finds there is substantial evidence to support the charge, and it finds by clear and convincing evidence that the individual violated a material condition of release while previously on Bail; or

6.)     domestic violence offense if the Court finds:

  • that there is substantial evidence to support the charge; and
  • by clear and convincing evidence, that the individual would constitute a considerable danger to an alleged victim of domestic violence if released on Bail.
Exoneration of Bond & Absolution of Indemnitor/Co-Signer?

Q.) What does a Bond being exonerated Mean?

A.) The Indemnitor/Co-Signer is released of FULL liability of the Bail. The Contractual obligation is satisfied.

Q.) Is the Indemnitor/Co-Signer responsible to pay fees if the Bail Bond Company revokes the Bond?

A.)
Limited to actual and reasonable expenses required:

  • because the defendant fails to appear before the Court at any

designated times,

  • fails to comply with the court order
  • fails to comply with the terms of the bail bond agreement or

any promissory notes, pertaining to that agreement.

The following are some reasonable expense fees:

(i)  reasonable expense fee for mileage is IRS mileage

reimbursement standard for business miles;

(ii)  reasonable apprehension expense fees include

meals at mid-range restaurants, lodging at mid-range hotels,

transportation at no more than coach fares;

 For additional information on how bail bonds work, contact Massey’s directly!
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