State vs. Federal Bail

State vs. Federal Bail Bonds

In the case of a federal charge, the bail bonds process is very different. This is because, unlike the state, there is no federal bail schedule. In fact, the defendant must appear before a magistrate before bail may be set. A magistrate holds the power for all bail decisions. Many times, an offender will be released on bail based on certain conditions. A common condition of bail in a federal case is drug testing. They can also require psychiatric testing, travel prohibition, or proof that you are searching for a job.

Federal bonds are more than state bonds as well. Federal bonds are usually 15% of bail instead of the 10% at the state level. This means if bail is set at $50,000, the bail bondsman must pay $7,500 to get you out of jail. These bonds also take a longer time to process.

While there are over 4,500 crimes that are considered federal offenses, the most common are:

  • Organized Crime
  • Importation of Illegal Drugs
  • Bank Robbery
  • Tax Evasion
  • Customs Violations
  • Mail Fraud
  • Counterfeiting
  • Kidnapping

For help with federal or state bonds, contact our Beverly Hills professionals at 310-388-9335.