No one wants to be in the unfortunate position of requiring a bail bond to be released from jail. Unfortunately, sometimes bad things happen to good people. If you find yourself in the position of needing a bail bond, don’t stress over it. In most cases the process is very simple and can be handled in a short period, allowing you to get back to your job and other responsibilities. Here are three facts you should know about bail bonds.
1. Posting a Bail Bond is Easy
Whenever you are arrested, a bail bond is typically granted by a judge. Posting this bail bond will allow you to remain out of jail until you go to trial or reach another agreement regarding your case. In the hands of professional bondsmen like those at Breaking Bad Bail Bonds, the process is easy.
You’ll be allowed to make contact with a bail bondsman from jail. Once you have made this initial contact, the bondsman will obtain the details of your arrest and bond total. You’ll be told how much money will be required to post your bond. The next step is for the bondsman to prepare the necessary paperwork for your release.
In essence, all you will be required to do is pay the money required by the bondsman, sign the bond papers, and agree to the terms of your bond. These terms can vary depending upon the offense with which you have been charged. The bondsman does all the legwork and, in many cases, you can be released within a few hours.
2. Your Bond Total is Not Always What You Must Pay
Bonds are issued for a specific amount determined by a judge that handles arraignments and formal charges. These amounts vary depending on the severity of your alleged offense. For the sake of example, let’s say that you have been given a bond of $10,000.
In most cases, you will only be required to pay the bail bondsman a percentage of this amount. It can be as low as 20% or much higher depending on many factors. Your flight risk, work history, and references may all be considered by the bondsman. It is up to the bail bondsman to determine how much of the total bond amount you will pay before he or she agrees to write your bond.
If your offense is severe, you may be required to post the total amount of the bond before you can be released. This is often called a “cash bond” and is usually reserved for serious offenses. Your bail bondsman will tell you exactly how much your bond will cost when you contact them.
3. Failure to Appear Can Revoke Your Bond
When you agree to the terms of a bail bond you are giving your word that you will appear for all subsequent court appearances related to your case. This is serious business, and you must satisfy your obligations or your bond will be revoked. This means that a warrant will be issued for your arrest and you will be returned to jail pending trial.
When a bondsman agrees to post your bond, they are essentially guaranteeing the court that you will be present for your court dates. If you do not show up, the court can force the bondsman to pay the total amount of your bond as forfeiture. As such, your bondsman is likely going to ask you to regularly report to the bail bonds office by phone or in person. If you fail to uphold these requirements, the bondsman will make efforts to locate you and could revoke your bond.