When a loved one is arrested, it can be a confusing and scary time. Fortunately, there is a process known as bail which can help get them out of jail fast. At Blandon Bail Bonds we always want our clients to feel at ease with the bail bond situation. So, how does a bail bond work?
What is Bail?
When a person is arrested, they may be able to secure an early release from jail if they can post what is known as “bail”. Bail is essentially a set of pre-trial restrictions a court may impose on an individual to ensure that they obey the judicial process. These restrictions are a promise to appear in court when scheduled and the payment of a temporary fee, or bond, to make sure they comply. When a person posts the bond and agrees to these terms, they are said to be “released on bail”.
The Process of Bail
When an individual is arrested, a court may determine they may be allowed early release on their own recognizance provided they post a financial guarantee that they will appear in court when required. The bail amount usually is determined by a “bail schedule”, although the presiding judge has the option to deny or increase the bail amount to fit the circumstances of the alleged crime.
After the bail amount has been established, the arrested party is required to raise the sum to be set free. If they cannot do this through their own means, they can contact a licensed bail bond agent, who can post the funds for them. Bail bond agents usually charge a small fee for their services, which is non-refundable.
If a person meets their bail obligations and makes their scheduled court dates, the bail amount is refunded. If, however, they fail to meet their bail conditions, the bail fee is forfeited, and the bail bond agent may sell any collateral which was put up to raise the bail funds to regain their lost money.
Something to Consider When Bailing Someone Out of Jail
When considering bailing a loved one out of jail, you need to be aware that you become an important part of the bail process. When signing a bond agreement, you become a guarantor or “Indemnitor” for the arrested party. This means you are responsible that they appear in court as ordered. Should they be arrested while out on bail, or fail to make their court appearance, you will become liable for the bail amount, meaning you may be forced to pay the bail bond agent for their lost money or may lose any collateral that was placed as a condition for the posting of the bond.
Call Blandon Bail Bonds Today
At Blandon Bail Bonds we understand the stress our clients are under. That’s why we make our process quick and simple! We work with you to make sure you get the help you need – FAST! If someone you love is arrested, make sure they get the help they need as soon as possible. Call Blandon Bail Bonds today at 305-597-4595.
Posted on Wed, April 10, 2019
by Marlon Blandon