Robbery is one of the most serious theft offenses as it is punishable by 3-6 years of imprisonment in state present for a single person. However, when the offense is done by two or more individuals, the charge becomes first degree robbery and punishment goes up from 3-9 years in prison. For second degree robbery, the prison sentence could range from 2-5 years. The court judge still allows bail bond for this particular offense but is much more expensive and higher compared to petty theft such as shoplifting.
Because robbery is a federal offense, it comes with pretty hefty bail requirement. For the first degree robbery, the bail can be as much as $100,000 and $50,000 for the second degree. When a person commits such crime, he or she will be taken to jail for booking with the chance to get out temporarily by paying the bail. Since the bail amount is extremely expensive, many offenders are unable to raise such funds right away. This is where a bail bonding company can help.
The bail bondsman will pay the required amount in full, and the defendant has to pay them back along with the interest and fees. It is not uncommon that agencies will require collateral in addition to the upfront fees. Nevertheless, they can give you the assurance that your loved one will be released in no time.
These services, however, come with a serious legal obligation in the part of the defendant. They have to comply with the court’s demands. Otherwise, they will lose a huge amount of money, accumulate debt, and worst is permanently losing their freedom.
Being charged with robbery is such a traumatic experience to anyone. Also, being behind bars while court trial moves one can add more to the stress. With this, it is best that your loved one could come out on bail in order to have ample amount of time to prepare a good defense for the case as well as spend time with family as the legal battle goes on.