The Louisiana criminal defense attorneys at Forrest, Cressy & James, LLC know that when you or a loved one is arrested in New Orleans or in other Louisiana parishes, it can be very frightening. Being handcuffed and taken to a police station for booking can be a traumatizing. We recommend remaining calm if you are arrested, remaining silent and contacting a Forrest, Cressy & James, LLC criminal defense attorney immediately.

If you or a loved one was arrested while visiting New Orleans, you need a New Orleans Criminal Defense Attorney to help you get out of jail.  This is particularly true for people who are from another state as most commercial bondsman will not offer bonds to those who do not have notable ties to the community. Call us today for immediate help with bail arrangements (504) 605-0777.

What Happens Next?

It is important to get an experienced attorney involved in a case as soon as possible. A good attorney can:

  • Make sure that a bond is set in a timely manner

  • Move the Court to reduce a bond that has been set too high

  • Recommend a Commercial Bondsman

  • Move the Court to release the defendant on his own Recognizance

Bond Types in Louisiana: 

  • Recognizance – when an accused is released on recognizance, a monetary amount is set by the court, but is not paid by the defendant. He or she guarantees to attend all required judicial proceedings.

  • Commercial Surety Bond – the guarantor,  a bail bondsman, agrees to post the bond on the accused’s behalf. The accused is then assuring he or she will return to court.  This is a commercial service provided by the bail bondsman for payment at the rate of 13% of the bail amount, which the bondsman keeps regardless of whether the defendant appears in court. This bond-type is non-refundable.

  • Property Bond – the accused or an individual acting on his behalf posts material property that has equity (at least equal to the amount of the bail). If the accused fails to appear for trial the state can levy proceedings against the property to recoup the bail.

  • Cash Bond – the total amount of bail is posted in cash with the court. If the accused does not appear, the cash bond is forfeited and the judge will issue a bench warrant. If the defendant appears as required by the court, the cash is returned to the person who posted the bond when the case is concluded.  Anyone including the accused can post a cash bond. Before returning any balance, the Court will deduct fines or costs form the bond before repayment.

  • Personal Surety Bond  – This is a signature bond by someone other than the defendant (usually a family member) who pledges the full amount of the bond. This is typically achieved at a hearing where the third party promises the court that they will pay the forfeited bond if a defendant fails to appear.  The person must verify that sufficient assets are held to satisfy the bond amount should the defendant fail to appear and forfeit the bond. If the bond is forfeited, the court can demand the bond amount from the individual who signed the bond.



When you are arrested, the stakes are very high. You do not want a criminal record, a conviction, or jail time. It is important to contact an experienced New Orleans criminal defense attorney right away to have the best chance of a favorable outcome. The dedicated New Orleans criminal defense attorneys at Forrest, Cressy & James, LLC have the unique knowledge and skills to aggressively contest the criminal charges against you. Get in touch with us to learn how we can help.