State vs. Federal Bail

The Difference Between State & Federal Bail

At the base, federal and state bail bonds work the same way. The purpose is to protect the public and ensure your attendance at all court dates. Federal charges are prosecuted by the federal government and can include offenses like:

  • Drug trafficking
  • Defacement of federal property
  • Bank robbery
  • Federal tax evasion
  • Mail fraud

The biggest difference with federal crimes is that the absence of a bail schedule. The fee can be set at any rate for any crime. A magistrate at the arraignment will decide the bail, and in order to post bail, the defendant must have a hearing to determine if the money or property used as bail and collateral were legitimate and not from illegal sources.

In a federal case, the bail will also be higher as well as collateral, and there may even be certain requirements for bail such as drug or psychiatric testing, travel restrictions, and constant reporting.

If you have been charged with a federal crime and need to get out of jail, contact the federal bail bondsmen at 714-769-6140.