Immigration bonds are the most expensive bail services available. When posting with a normal surety agreement, one is expected to pay approximately 10% of the full value demanded by the court, a federal bond one is expected to pay 15%, however when posting for immigration violations the average rate is 15%-20%.
Why do immigration bonds cost more?
Due to the complex nature of an immigration bond additional fees are applied to cover the amount of work required to process these types of bonds. Although classified as a “federal bond” additional attention is needed for this type such as considering the potential need of contracting translators and attorney correspondence time. Due to these factors trials may last particularly longer than expected when pertaining to customs violations making the value of this service much more substantial.
Where do the additional fees go?
The fee paid for these services are provided directly to the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcment. Typically almost all defendants for these types of bonds will be individuals apprehended by ICE: “Immigrations and Customs Enforcment” or HSI: “Homeland Security Investigations”.