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Columbus Bondsman Explains Bail Process

COLUMBUS (Carol Luper/Ken Hines) -- A local bondsman walked ABC 6/FOX 28 through the bail process as the eyes of the nation were on the arraignment of the man accused of imprisoning three women for a decade inside his Cleveland home.

Ohio law requires defendants to pay 10 percent of their bail amount to a bondsman to secure release. Bondsmen then agree to pay the full amount to the court system if the defendant misses court and evades capture.

Woody Fox said he's worked as a bail bondsman in Columbus for 20 years. He said he works approximately 500 cases per year, turns down more bonds than he accepts.

Fox said family or friends pay the bond for defendants, and can sometimes take advantage of a payment plan.

Fox said, if a defendant skips a court date, state law allows him to physically retrieve the offender.

“If that person doesn’t return, we have 45 to 60 days to find that person and get them back in the system,” Fox said. “We have actually more power on a person we have out on bail than police do. We can kick in doors we can bring them back across state lines.”

Fox said he has never lost a defendant.

Alleged Cleveland captor Ariel Castro's bail amount is $8 million, meaning he has to come up with $800,000 if he wants to get out of jail before a possible trial.
 
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