You have a right to bond. Bond should be set after considering the seriousness of the crime, the need to protect the community, and to ensure that future attendance of a person who is charged. One of the biggest mistakes people make when facing criminal charges is spending too much on bond. A bondsman can only get you out of jail while charges are pending. A good attorney can keep you out of jail in the long run. In addition, an attorney can usually get the bond amount reduced or even eliminated. Before spending $5,000, $50,000 or even more on a bondsman, contact an attorney. It may cost you a couple days in jail, but it can save you thousands of dollars. Bottom line - when you have limited funds - the money is better spent on a qualified attorney who can keep you out of jail in the long run.