Whoever is in custody is far from being a criminal offender. Therefore, the suspect may be released on bail. Judges are restrained with this measure.
In the US, freedom against bail is a standard case. Only in the case of the heaviest acts and appropriate penalties will pre-trial detention be arranged without bail. Accordingly, there are even state-approved bondage offices there. These finances accuse the bail, for a fee of ten to 15 percent. If the accused does not live up to his obligations, he is also persecuted twice: by the state police and the private bounty hunters of the bondage bureau.
A deposit for suspects is rare in Germany
We do not have such a bail bond business. But that is also because a release on bail is much less possible with us. Although German law also knows such a procedure. But German courts are rather reluctant when it comes to release a defendant under the Code of Criminal Procedure (StPO) for money.
By far the most important first is the risk of absconding. Whether U-Haft or not, it usually decides the question of what conditions the person lives. Does he have a family, a permanent job or other social ties? A deposited deposit does not play such a decisive role in the opinion of the majority of the German jurists.
Penal bills are usually only accepted by the courts if the question of detention is doubtful. In that case, it can not really hurt the person concerned, his relatives or friends still deposit at certain sum of money. In case of flight danger, however, the courts are more likely to rely on defendants to surrender their passports and report regularly to the police or have to go to jail.
Deposit rules abroad
In many countries, including within Europe, the practice of detention is even more rigid than in Germany. Sometimes a traffic accident involving personal injury is enough to put the driver behind bars until the procedure is completed. A deposit abroad can quickly amount to thousands of euros. Often the judiciary in other countries also demands an advance payment for the costs of the proceedings and a possible penalty. So quickly from 10,000 to 75,000 euros together, in some cases more.
Anyone who travels abroad should therefore consider whether it would make sense to take out a legal expenses insurance in order to cover not only the legal costs but also a loan for a bail bond. In addition to the amount of cover, you should make sure the protection applies worldwide. Some legal expenses insurance companies offer a bail bond only for Europe and the “neighboring countries of the Mediterranean”.