The Transylvania Times -

Bonds Pose Queries


By Lenora Moody

Staff Writer

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...

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