Since our last post several people contacted us asking to clarify just exactly how bail bonds do work in Georgia in the first place. So we decided to comply and dig up some information, since we are in no way an authoritative representative on the subject.
So after much research we found a few articles that really broke it down and we had to decide which one we would include part of in this post. We actually found several that were really good. But to give you a short tid-bit here is some from a source that really surprised us from HowStuffWorks.com
The Bail Process
When someone is arrested, he or she is first taken to a police station to be booked. When a suspect is booked, or processed, a police officer records information about the suspect (name, address, birthday, appearance) and the alleged crime. The police officer conducts a criminal background check, takes the suspects fingerprints and mugshot and seizes and inventories any personal property, which will be returned when the suspect is released. The suspect is also checked to see if he or she is intoxicated and usually is allowed to make a phone call. Finally, an officer puts the suspect in a jail cell, usually with other recently booked suspects.
For less serious crimes, a suspect may be allowed to post bail immediately after being booked. Otherwise, the suspect will have to wait (usually less than 48 hours) for a bail hearing where a judge will determine if the accused is eligible for bail and at what cost.
The amount of bail depends on the severity of the crime but is also at the judges discretion. Some jurisdictions have bail schedules which recommend a standard bail amount. For example, in Los Angeles, the bail schedule recommends $25,000 for perjury or sexual assault, $100,000 for manslaughter and $1,000,000 for kidnapping with intent to rape.
In determining bail, a judge may take into account this amount but will also consider the defendants criminal record (if any), his or her history of showing up for past court appearances, ties to the community, whether the suspect is a danger to others and any other concerns that may be raised by the defendants attorney. In some cases, bail may be waived altogether, which well discuss later in the article.
So there is a lot of good information on that page and you can also continue reading and find out a lot more as to the different types of bonds that are available to get someone released.
Also you need to remember that the cost involved of using a bondsman to post bail varies from state to state and is governed by that state as to how much they can charge. Usually it is a percentage of the total bail amount.
In Georgia where we had some recent experience (don’t ask, a long story) we know that the rate is 15% or $50, which ever is greater. So if the bail amount is $10,000 then the most they can charge you is $1,500. Still a lot of money but not as bad as $10,000! Since we had some dealings in GA, we did some searching and found probably the best Bonding Company in Cobb County, is Get-Outta-Jail-GA.com. They were really friendly and helped out our staff member a bunch. They also informed us that they also have Affordable Bail Bonds in Fulton County as well, which is the heart of Atlanta. The main reason we mention them is because you can also check out their website for a ton of information about everything about bail bonds on their site as they have a rather large blog.
So there you have it – there is a lot of information between those 2 blogs and they should be able to answer just about any question you should have. Also don’t forget that if you can’t find the information you are looking for go ahead and call a bondsman and ask them. 9 times out of 10 they will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Don’t be embarrassed because they need your business as much as you need their help!
We also found this video that explains a little, but if you really want to know everything we suggest you go ahead and read the complete articles above.