If someone is arrested for a crime, they are processed and sent to jail for the crime. Following an arrest, a person can post bail to get out of prison. Some people can afford to post the entire cash bail to the court or jail, others work with a bail bonds company to post the bail for them. However, there is a cost to use a bail bondsman. Usually these services ask for a 10% cash or collateral payment to secure the bond and the company will post bail, allowing the person to be out of prison until their court date. However, failing to show up to court can lead to serious consequences which include the bail bondsman hunting down the person and sending them back to jail and then charging the party responsible for the bond agreement.
Contacting a Bail Bondsman
The judge will set bail, allowing you to contact a bail bondsman for assistance. The bail bondsman will need all the contact information of the individual you wan tot bond out. They need to know where they live, work, and locations they frequently visit. In the event they skip court, the bail bondsman will be responsible to bring them back. It is important to provide the booking number and the full contact name of the individual to the bail bondsman. The bail agent will use the bail amount to determine how much money you will need to pay or the collateral needed to get the person out of jail.
Posting Bail with the Bondsman
When you agree upon the pricing options with the bail bondsman, the bondsman will then provide a surety bond to the court. If the defendant keeps their agreement to show up to court on time, the individual who secured the bond will not need to pay additional money. However, if the person skips court, the bail bondsman can call in the bond, sending the person back to prison and then requiring payment. If collateral was used, the collateral will be secured by the bail bondsman to pay for the bond. Some people use their cars and homes, and will often face foreclosure on a home due to the bond.
Working with a bail bondsman is one of the best choices to make if you have been arrested and you do not have the money to pay for your bail. Bail bondsman are important elements in the entire process, and many of them can assist in helping you find a criminal defense attorney if you are struggling to pay for your bail. Contact AAA Bail Bonds if you need a bail bond, or you have questions pertaining to bail.