While most bail bond types are defined only in a monetary sense, there are exceptions here that also involve other factors in addition to money. One great example is the world of immigration bail bonds, which are issued by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in many cases when they’ve arrested and detained someone who is violating United States immigration law.
At Beehive Bail Bonds, we’re happy to provide bail bond service to a variety of potential clients and case types. How do immigration bail bonds work, and what are some of the different types available generally? This two-part blog will go over everything you need to know about this process if you or someone close to you becomes involved in an immigration bond situation.
As we noted, one of ICE’s duties is to arrest and/or detain anyone believed to be violating US immigration law. In such cases, those who have been detained can be released ahead of their court date so long as they obtain an immigration bond – but this requires meeting some qualifications first.
Now, it’s important to note that not every immigration-related case here will necessarily require a specific bond. In certain situations, ICE will release a detainee on what’s called personal recognizance, essentially a guarantee the detainee makes that they’ll be present for their upcoming court date and will not be involved in any illegal activity while outside custody. Personal recognizance comes with no cost or bond needed. In other cases, however, the immigration judge or ICE will set a specific bail amount, at which time detainees need to begin thinking about their options for an immigration bond – which we’ll go over in our subsequent sections.
One of the more common types of immigration bond is the delivery bond, which is designed to ensure that the detainee in question will appear for their court hearings related to this case. It’s often used for detainees who might be deemed a mild flight risk. To obtain such a bond, the detainee must obtain an arrest warrant plus a notice of custody conditions before approval.
In other cases, the person being detained will arrange to voluntarily leave the US by a specific date as part of their bond agreement – this is a voluntary departure bond. It’s a common type that can often be granted before any court proceedings or arguments are required. However, it’s vital that the detainee in question obeys the bond’s directive and leaves the country by the date required, because the bond will be relinquished and there will be significant additional legal issues otherwise.