When a person is arrested and processed into the Detention Facility, there is normally a bond set that must be posted prior to them being released. The amount of the bond is determined by the charges that have been filed against the inmate. The judicial system has set bond amounts for a variety of charges and the ranges of charges. The booking deputy/specialist will advise the arrestee the total amount of the bond based on the court guidelines during the booking process.
In the event that the person is arrested for a court warrant, the issuing court has pre-set a bond amount. Some bonds may require a fine be paid or “cash only”, these require a cash payment for the bond – no bondsmen. In some cases, the court may order a “no bond hold” which does not permit the inmate to bond on this warrant. The Detention Facility will notify the court that issued the bond of the inmate’s arrest.
If the inmate has charges filed in addition to a warrant arrest, there will be more than one bond that must be posted prior to release.
There are several types of bonds which can be posted:
U.S. currency on the total amount of the bond. The jail will only accept cash or money orders for the bond, we do not accept cashier’s checks. When posting this type of bond, you will be asked if you wish to be a co-signer on the bond and if once the case has been concluded or the Judge releases the bond, if you want the money returned to you personally or the inmate. The funds are held by the courts until the case is concluded or the Judge releases the bond. If the inmate does not appear as indicated on the bond form, the money posted for the bond, may be forfeited to the court.
There are several bonding companies with the State of Colorado that specialize in bonding persons from jail. There is a fee associated with this type of bond, in addition to any collateral that they may require to post the bond. The bond fee is normally 15% of the total bond. The fee is just that, a fee, paid to the bondsman; it is not returned to you upon conclusion of the case.
This type of bond is normally only authorized by the Judge. A Judge may issue this type of bond at any time during incarceration. If this type of bond is issued there may be conditions set by the courts. For example, a co-signer or conditions for behavior while on bond may be required to post this type of bond. If an inmate fails to appear on this type of bond, the court may assess fines totally on the amount of the bond against the inmate and/or the co-signer.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
If an arrestee is being held for Immigration (ICE hold), and they have a bond on the charges that they were arrested on, they are eligible to place that bond. The money that is paid for the bond is held by the courts until the court case has reached a final disposition. Should the inmate fail to attend the court appearance shown on this bond the bond money will be forfeited. Once the bond has been entered ICE will be notified and will pick up the inmate within 72 hours. After taking the inmate into custody ICE will determine if the inmate is eligible to bond from their custody.