Imagine getting that terrible phone call in the middle of the night from one of your loved ones. They have been arrested and they need you to bail them out. That is where your long process begins. It will be your job to find a bail bondsman who can help you get them out of jail. It is very important to be selective when choosing someone. The first thing you need to do is make sure they have a license. The chances that you will be taken advantage of are pretty high. Try your best to find a bail bondsman that has been recommended by someone that is trustworthy; possibly a friend.
A bail bond is what a judge requires in order for someone to be released from jail. You must familiarize yourself with the process before you involve yourself in it. Keep in mind that you money will be returned once the case has concluded. This is only true if the defendant has shown up for each and every one of the required court dates over the course of the case. You should also know that any court fees and/or penalties will be deducted from the amount of the bail bond before any money is given back to you. There are two ways that the bail bond can be paid. If you have the required amount, it is possible to pay it in full. You may also try paying with the help of a bond agency. They can be used to insure the bond.
They will need for you to put up some sort of collateral, like your home or car, to ensure that they will get the money back later. This has to be done with a third party present. The agency is given a percentage of the total bond to cover any fees. To prevent bail bond agencies from overcharging people, the Department of Insurance regulates the amount that they are able to charge. It is usually around 10%, but that is variable dependent upon where you live.
Select a bail bondsman who will always be accessible when you need them to be. Do not make the assumption that they are only there in order to post bail. Even after the arrested party has been released, sometimes during the trial a bondsman is called upon. Selecting a bail bondsman is not simple and will take some time, but it is certainly worth it.