Everything you need to know about bail bonds

For Fridayâ??s Facebook Story of the Day, KTVOâ??s Facebook Fans wanted to know; what are bail bonds and how are they set?

In Iowa, the bond schedule is what magistrates and judges reference when determining bonds. That schedule is set by the Iowa State Supreme Court.

Depending on the severity of the crime, bond amounts can range anywhere from $300 to $5000 for misdemeanors and $5000 to hundreds of thousands of dollars for felonies.

District Court Judge Lucy Gamon explained to KTVO Friday afternoon the purpose of a bond.

â??The purpose of a bond is to basically ensure that the defendant will be available for the upcoming hearing and to protect the community. At the same time, we assume that in almost all cases, defendants are bondable and the bond should be set at a fair level so that the defendant can make that bond,â?? said Judge Gamon.

Defendants are allowed to appeal their bond to a judge if they disagree with the magistrateâ??s decision. The judge will then decide if the bond amount should be lowered or raised. In some cases, the defendant could be released on their own recognizance.

For more information on this topic, head to the official website of the Judicial Branch in Iowa.

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