Bail bonds are often scary topics, simply because they are "the unknown" for many. While most people have heard of a bail bond, it is not so common that people have actually had to have one. If you find yourself in need of a bail agent, these commonly asked questions (and their answers) may be of help to you.
1. What should somebody know before contacting a bail agent?
In addition to the obvious identifying information, it is important to have the booking number and bail amount. Additionally, it is important to contact the bail agent with confidence that the individual you are bailing out is going to show up to court. If they do not, you are financially responsible for the bond. For this reason, you may want to think long and hard before bailing out somebody you don't know very well.
2. What is the point of bailing out of jail?
Bail is the amount of money that a person must pay in order to be released from police custody while awaiting a day in court. It is a constitutional right that most defendants have access to bond so long as there is a guarantee they will appear in court. Bailing out can be extremely helpful for a defendant who is trying to prepare for the trial. Not only can the defendant resume daily activities, including work and caring for children, but they can also meet with lawyers to create a strong defense.
3. Do you get your money back from the bond office?
If the defendant is rearrested or does not show up for court, no refund is offered. The premium is not refunded on most occasions. Other fees are refunded after the defendant appears in court.
4. What should somebody do if they posted bail and realize the defendant is not going to appear in court?
If it appears that the defendant is going to fail to appear in court, it is important to contact the bondsman as quickly as possible. They will discuss your options with you.
5. What can be used as collateral?
Collateral often differs from office to office, but cash, real estate and cars are common forms. Some offices accept credit cards, stocks, bonds and jewelry.
6. How much does the premium typically cost?
The premium is usually a small percentage of the total cost of bail. This is typically 10%, and it is not refundable.
The world of bail bonds can be difficult to navigate, especially if it is your first time. As always, speaking directly to a bond agent (such as one from All Night & Day Bailbonds) may ease some of these common worries. Ultimately, the process is simple once you see the guiding lights.Share
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