A Guide to Bail Bonds
People who have been arrested and have undergone booking and processing are allowed to make a single phone call. They can call their family member to inform them of his jail booking or he can also call a friend.
The only way that he can be released from jail is by calling a bail bond company. However, some companies will decline to take the case. There are many contributing factors why a bondsman will not take the case, most of the time it is due to the amount of the bond or the type of bond. Somehow, it is a trail and error method to find a bail bondsman who will provide the bail bond that you need.
If the person does not want it to be a trial and error thing, then he could make the process faster by calling a family member of a friend and giving the following information: full legal name, social security number, date of birth, who arrested him, why he was arrested, and where he is being held. With this information which bondsmen need, he will be released as quickly as possible.
You can find companies that offer many types of bonds but there are those who only provide one or two kinds of bonds. There are different kinds of bonds including bails bonds at federal or state level, cash bail bonds, immigration bail bonds, and property bail bonds.
There is a contract entered with the bail bondsman if a family member or a friend posts the bond. This bail bond is used so that the bail agent and the court are guaranteed that the defendant will show up for the schedules court hearings.
The co-signer who is either a family member or a friend needs to understand the commitment they are guaranteeing before the bail bondsman will sign the contract. The co-signer will have to pay the full bond amount if the defendant fails to keep his word of returning for the scheduled court hearings.
If the court requires a collateral then the bond amount will determine what it will be. Some bail bonds only need a signature but others needs a property collateral. Signature bonds will require the co-signer to have residence in the area, own a house or work there. Upon signing the bail bond, the defendant gets released from jail. The only responsibility of the defendant is to show up in court during the date of the hearing. If the defendant does not show up during the scheduled hearing, then the co-signed will have to pay the total amount of bail. One a defendant is found and retained, he then forfeits his option of using a bail bond when he returns to jail.