After you’ve been arrested, there are several ways to get out of jail:
- Own recognizance release: Many offenders who do not have a significant prior criminal history are simply released on their own signature and promise to appear in court when notified.
- Pre-trial Services: Some offenders are released on Pre-trial Supervision. Pre-trial Services is a sort of pre-trial probation unit that is authorized to supervise offenders so that they can be released from jail without having to pay bail. Conditions of pre-trial release may include having to report daily, attend drug and alcohol classes and submit to random urine tests.
- Posting Bail: In order to ensure that an offender appears in court, some offenders are required to post a cash bail which can range from $500 to $1,000,000. An offender can put up the entire bail amount or can use the services of a bail bondsman who typically charges a fee equal to 10% of the total bail amount.