The Ins and Outs of Bail Bonds: Everything You Need to Know
Bail bonds are rarely referenced by the mainstream media or laymen simply because what is out of sight is out of mind. Only when disaster strikes do people go out of their way to learn about the bail process. If you have made your way to this page, you want the inside scoop on bail bonds. Without further ado, let’s demystify the bail bonds process.
There is a common misconception that jailing a suspect for a crime precludes that individual from returning to the free world until a trial is completed. However, it is possible to restore one’s personal freedom at least up until the return to court for a hearing. Posting a bail bond takes a little bit of work, yet it is well worth it. In short, nearly everyone has the right to access temporary freedom through a bail bond.
As long as the crime in question is noncapital, there is an opportunity to return to life and work as it was before the arrest. Noncapital crimes are those of the petty variety, meaning they do not have the potential to lead to the death penalty.
Examples of such petty crimes include:
- Firearms violations
- Drunk driving
Furthermore, we would be remiss not to mention that there is the potential for those considered to be flight risks to be forced to remain in custody until a court hearing occurs. Finally, bail bonds are not available to those the judge considers to be a threat to the general public.
All bonds are not the same. The little-known truth is that there is a wide variety of bonds ranging from property bonds to surety bonds, cash bonds, and more. Cash bonds are by far the most popular. A cash bond requires that the accused party pay the amount of bail in cash. Some courts accept checks or credit cards in place of cash. Alternatively, surety bonds are those in which third parties assist in paying the amount for the accused party.
Let’s envision a scenario in which you, a significant other, or friend are jailed for a supposed crime. A bail bond agent charges a fee, typically about 10% of the amount of the bail, to post bail. The terms of posting the bail bond are reached. As long as you pay the required fee and follow through on the terms, such as returning to court at the scheduled date and time, the process will move along without impediment.
It might be necessary to surrender an automobile or another form of real property as a form of collateral. Failing to comply with the terms of the bail bond process have the potential to trigger the permanent loss of collateral property.
Why Bail Bonds Make Sense
Bail bond agents play an invaluable role in restoring the freedom of an accused party. Help your family member or friend secure a bond as described above, and you will play an invaluable role in restoring that person’s freedom, at least up until the scheduled court date. The bail bondsman assumes the majority of the risk, typically covering 90% of the bail amount. As long as you or your friend/significant other complies with the terms of the bail process, the end result will prove mutually beneficial to all parties.
If the bail bondsman performs periodic follow-ups to double-check on the suspect’s physical location and intent to attend the scheduled court hearing, don’t fret. Such precautions are a minor inconvenience for the service provided by altruistic bail bonds specialists.
Whether you, your family member, or friend are apprehended in the morning, afternoon, or night, a bail bondsman will be available to lend assistance during this dark chapter of life. What matters most is that you ask for help.
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You and everyone you care about are innocent until proven guilty. Every suspect has the right to get out of jail through a bond. Our team is here to help you navigate the process that leads to freedom. Reach out to us today at (352) 343-6000 for help in restoring your freedom or that of a loved one or friend.