If you or a loved one has been arrested and is in need of emergency bail bonds, the process may seem overwhelming. If this is a first-time arrest, even more so. It helps to have a basic understanding of the process, how bail works and what you can expect. This way you can ask the right questions and help the process to go smoothly. Here is what you should know –
A bail bondsman, bail bondsperson, bail bond agent or bond dealer is any person, agency or corporation that will act as a surety and pledge money or property as bail for the appearance of persons accused in court. Although banks, insurance companies and other similar institutions are usually the sureties on other types of contracts (for example, to bond a contractor who is under a contractual obligation to pay for the completion of a construction project), such entities are reluctant to put their depositors’ or policyholders’ funds at the kind of risk involved in posting a bail bond. Bail bond agents, on the other hand, are usually in the business to cater to criminal defendants, often securing their customers’ release in just a few hours.
Call the right bail bondsman. Not everyone is open or available 24/7. If you need help in an emergency situation, be sure to contact a company that provides 24/7 service. That does not mean that you will be released immediately, but it does mean that they can start the process as soon as you call. We offer this service.
Gather information first. Any bail bondsman will need to locate their client. In order to do so, you need to provide information like their full name, birth date, social security number (if you have it), and the jail that they went to. If you do not have anything other than their full name, they can still be located but it may take slightly longer if their name is common. To speed things up, try and gather some basic information first.
Bail rates are typically set. In most cases, emergency bail bonds and traditional bail bonds cost around the same amount. This is because bail is typically set based on a scale that has been predetermined by the county. There are rare cases, like for capital crimes, where a judge may step outside of the scale to set the bail amount higher than normal. This happens infrequently and usually when a judge feels that someone is a flight risk and will not show up for their court dates. Knowing that the bail rates are set, you can focus your attention on finding a bail bonds company that offers excellent service.
You only pay a small portion. When bail is set, you can either pay the entire amount to get your loved one out of jail or you can work with a bail company. When we put up bail, it is secured using our bond and you only pay a small portion of that amount. If the person released shows up for all of their court dates, bail is released and you get your money back minus fees. The only time that a bail bonds company (and the person securing the bond) are at risk is if the person flees.
Collateral may be required. If you need emergency bail bonds and are low on cash, you may be able to secure the bond using collateral. In this case, something like a home or paid off car may be used as collateral to get the initial bond and just like a loan, if the person flees, your collateral could be taken. This makes it important to be certain that the person in question is committed to standing trial and most are.
If you know someone that has been arrested, call us right away.