What is bail?
Bail is a property deposit that someone deposits or pledges to the court in return for being released from jail with the promise of returning for the trial. It is understood that the bail money is forfeit if the individual does not appear.
What is a bail bondsman?
A bail bondsman can either be a person or corporation that provides the bail money for a defendant who cannot afford it themselves. When the trial is concluded, the bail bondsman has the bail money returned. For providing this service, they collect a premium on the money or property that they have provided. Bail bondsmen sometimes help to enforce the defendant’s appearance in court since their money or property is at stake.
What does it mean to be released ROR?
Being released ROR means that they defendant is released on their own recognizance and only needs to sign an agreement saying that they will appear for their arraignment or trial. This is usually done instead of bail for minor crimes, in which it is unlikely that the defendant would avoid returning.
Where do I pay bail?
It is best to pay bail at the correctional facility where the person is being held; however, bail may be paid at any of the following correctional facilities. For further information on inmates, bail, visiting hours, and travel directions call (718) 546‑0700.
* Bronx House of Detention
653 River Avenue, Bronx, New York (NY) 10451
* Brooklyn House of Detention
275 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York (NY) 11201
* Manhattan House of Detention (The Tombs)
125 White Street, New York, New York (NY) 10013
* Queens House of Detention
126‑02 82nd Avenue, Queens, New York (NY) 11415
* Riker’s Island
11‑11 Hazen Avenue, East Elmhurst, New York (NY) 11370
Do I get my bail money back?
Generally bail money is returned to the owner once the case is concluded. A notice to release bail should be issued from the court room on the same day the court case is finished. There are no checks issued from the court. If you haven’t received your bail money within four to six weeks from the last court date, contact New York City Finance Dept., 1 Centre Street Room 2200, New York, New York (NY) or call (212) 669‑2879
For information on bail bonds you may call (212) 736-3900