Bonds Pose Queries
By Lenora Moody
Donna Robinson can recall the case of a man who refused to leave the Transylvania County jail because he didn't understand his bond.
Robinson, a Transylvania County magistrate, said a court-issued bond can often be confusing to the defendant and the public.
"Many don't understand that a bond is not for punishment but is just to secure the individual's presence in court," she said.
There are four types of bonds: a written promise, custody release, unsecured and secured.
A written promise and custody release are similar. A written promise releases the defendant...