Immigration Bonds and Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration bonds are quite different from standard bail bonds for felony and misdemeanor charges. Because immigration issues are ultimately the jurisdiction of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement(ICE), an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the federal government – rather than the individual states – determine the regulations around these bonds.
In some cases, ICE will release illegal immigrants on their own recognizance. If this does not occur, a bond amount will be set by either ICE or an immigration judge. At that point, the illegal immigrant will require the services of an immigration bail bondsman. There are two types of immigration bonds for those in ICE custody, assuming that the individual is not considered a safety risk or a threat to national security.
A delivery bond is used to make sure that the illegal immigrant, detained by ICE, shows up to all scheduled immigration hearings. This lets the individual spend time with family an friends, consult with an immigration attorney prior to the court hearing, and generally have a more comfortable life leading up to the hearings. In this sense, a delivery bond is very much like a standard bail bond issued at the state level.
Voluntary Departure Bond
A voluntary departure bond essentially allows a detainee to be released from custody in exchange for his or her agreement to voluntarily leave the country by a specific time, and at that individual’s own expense. Departure bonds are fully refundable if they are paid in full to ICE and if the person leaves the country according to the specific terms.
How to Obtain an Immigration Bond
Some bail bondsmen provide immigration bonds. If you require an immigration bond in Maryland, Fred Frank Bail Bonds is the only company in the state that provides such bonds. Contact us to obtain your immigration bond. Our agents are available 24/7 to help you.