Getting a distress call from someone you care about may be a challenging ordeal, especially if the person is calling you from jail. Bail bonds may be the answer, and understanding the process can help you assist your loved one when help is needed the most.
Bail bonds are available through many businesses. The choices can be overwhelming, but we are ready to answer your questions. A brief overview of the steps involved can get your bail bonds dilemma resolved.
What occurs after an arrest?
The first phase of an arrest involves taking the individual to a holding center or local jail. Next is a search, fingerprinting, and entry of the incident into the database. The arrested person is allowed a minimum of one phone call to convey any relevant information. Bail may be set immediately or there may be a wait time for a judge to set bail the following morning. A Friday evening arrest typically means that bail will not be set until the following business day of Monday. A holiday arrest results in bail being set on the following business day as well.
What happens once bail has been set?
The established bail must be paid if the individual wants to be released from jail. Many people need help covering the bail amount, and this is were bail bonds businesses can assist. A bail bonds agent will cover the bail total with a down payment provided by a friend or family member. Charges may vary, but the percentage range that bail agents may charge is set by the state.
What are my responsibilities as bail bond signer?
Your down payment means that you are accepting responsibility for the individual defendant. You will be responsible for making sure that the defendant honors all court appearances as required. You may be held accountable for all fees if the defendant fails to appear in court at the established times, and you may be required to locate the defendant and return him or her to jail.
How do I select an appropriate bond agent?
States require bond agents to be properly licensed, and you can request to see pertinent identification and licensing documents. A reputable agent will guide you through the process and address any inquiries that you may have. Keep copies of any contracts or receipts that you sign, and stay in contact with your agent after bail has been established.