Anyone that has ever read a newspaper, listened to the radio, or watched the news, has heard of a suspected criminal getting out of jail by “posting bail” or “bond money.” Most people understand the concept that putting up money when bail is offered, allows the individual to avoid jail time while waiting for their court date. But not everyone knows exactly what services a Professional Bail bondsman offers and how they operate.
Typically, an individual’s first concern when finding themselves in jail is how to get out and do it quickly. In most cases, the way to do so is through posting bail or bond. Bond can be provided as cash, check, or as property equal to, or greater than the bail amount. Bail is essentially a financial deal made on behalf of the defendant to secure their release from jail pending the trial date.
The bail amount is determined by the court, specifically, by the judge, and many jail systems have predetermined bail amounts for common offensives. Bail money is used to create an incentive in the individual to voluntarily return to court. The bail amount is generally in line with the seriousness of the crime, for example, an individual facing murder charges may be given a bail amount of $500,000 or more, and if they fail to show up for their court date, are liable for the amount.
Bail bond agencies such as EZ1 Bail Bonds, are responsible for seeing that the defendant arrives promptly to court on the day of their trial. When providing the bail money for a client, the bailsman usually adds a fee of 10-percent of the bail amount, which is non-refundable, even if the charges are dropped after bail has posted. Fortunately, a Professional Bail bondsman offers their services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. In order to reduce the likelihood that the defendant will “skip bail” or not show up for their court, the bail bondsman will often seek securities against the defendant’s assets. The bail bondsman may require that the defendant and those agreeing to help with the bond, such as family or friends use their home, cars, or other holdings or belongings as collateral to guarantee the defendant appears in court as scheduled.
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