If I have court tomorrow and I have been charged with paraphernalia/failure to appear for OTSC and am sentenced to jail but someone posts bail, does that mean I am free?

Asked on December 18, 2012 under Criminal Law, Utah

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If bail is posted you can be released until your court date. At such time you must appear or a warrant for your arrest will be issued (and the person who posted bail can lose their money and/or collateral put up for the bail). Bottom line, a release does not mean that you are "free".


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