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Learn What To Expect When Trying To Get A Bail Bond For Someone

Nov 24

You don't want to be in jail, but you need a bail bond. Getting out of jail is hard enough without having to worry about the cost of bail. It's also frustrating when you have no idea what to expect from the process.

In the guide below, we offer a few tips on what you can expect from bail bonds and how to save as much money as possible.

1. What is a bail bond and what does it do?

A bail bond is a small percentage of the total bail amount that will be collected from the charged individual and is refunded when that person attends their court date or does not get convicted of the crimes they were charged with.

Most people who use a bail bond don't have plans for it past getting out of jail. Even if you never step foot in court, any money will be returned to you minus the fee for having your loved one released before trial or sentencing.

2. How to get a bail bond for someone

If you have no other way of posting bail, contact a lawyer. Legal aid groups may be able to help post the bail with the help of donations or funding assistance through private funds. You can also try contacting an organization that provides legal services for free. If none of these are possible, see if there is any family member who has the financial means to post bail without incurring more debt on your behalf. If all else fails, look into community resources or shelters that provide emergency housing options instead of jail time.

3. The cost of a bail bond

A bail bondsman charges a non-refundable fee, plus a percentage of the bail amount. The standard charge is usually 10% of the total bail for defendants who have been released on their own recognizance.

In other words, assuming you have $10,000 in cash to post as bail once your friend or acquaintance has been arrested and arraigned at court, a handler might subtract an up-front fixed minimum cost from that figure and require another 10%. So rather than paying $10,000 to get your friend out of jail while awaiting trial or sentencing following release from custody after conviction--you would instead be looking at paying less than $9,000 to free him or her pending resolution of his case...fees included.

This fee is essentially the same as that charged by bail bond companies, with one exception: once paid, you will reportedly receive your money back if your friend or relative doesn't show up for court...provided he appears before the judge in time to avoid an arrest warrant being issued. Once this occurs, you can claim repayment of your money from the bail bondsman, but you'll have to complete a "Claim for Reimbursement" form and submit it to the company.

4. The process of getting a bail bond

The bond release is often used to show that the accused crime was not serious enough to warrant them being held in prison while awaiting trial. The money for this bail can be paid by a very close friend of the family all depending on what is comfortable with the accused. Once the bail amount has been released, then the person who puts up their bond or surety must keep in contact with law enforcement until they are no longer legally required to do so (which can vary based on the jurisdiction).

5. Things you should know about when trying to get a bail bond for someone

Where are you trying to get a bail bond? From jail or home?

If you're trying to get a bail bond from jail, make sure your family is aware of the process and ask for their help. If things go well with the lawsuit, they may be able to recover most or all of the cost of the lawsuit. Bondsmen typically work strictly on commission, so the company only makes money when it successfully gets someone out of jail.

If you're thinking about getting someone else's bail bond from home, research up-front what your state requires to accept anyone into its program for "out-of-state persons". Some states will only admit people if they have lived there for six months before applying; others will only admit someone if they can show a permanent address. Some states also limit the types of bonds you can get or put down some kind of minimum financial requirements; you'll need to know these up-front.

Bail bonds are a great way of getting someone out of jail and back to their life. The key is finding the right bail bond company that you can trust with your loved one’s freedom while they await trial or sentencing following release from custody after conviction. Consider what kind of service will best meet your needs, where it’ll be easiest for them to get released on bail, and how much cash you want to put up to secure their release. If all else fails, look into community resources or shelters that provide emergency housing options instead of jail time.

With those factors in mind, you should be ready to apply for a bail bond. Gather all of your important paperwork and locate a reputable 24-hour jail bail services provider near you. The sooner you make an appointment, the sooner you will be able to assist someone from your family or friend get out of jail.