How Do Bail Bonds Work to Set You Free From Jail?
When a person engages in a minor crime, he or she will be given a charge at the scene, and he or she will be set free instantly. The charge will tell the arrestee when to appear in court. However, people who are arrested for more severe crimes- apart from murder and violent crimes are put in jail unless they can pay bail. This indicates that the arrestee gives a set amount of cash to the court to prove that he or she will appear in court.
Bail is a process wherein the suspect must pay a set amount of money in order to obtain release from the police custody after booking. As a condition of release, the suspect must promise to go iin court for all his or her criminal proceedings. However, if the suspect fails to do so, he or she will be immediately arrested and any bail amount paid will not be refunded. The one who sets the bail is the judge during the arrestee’s first appearance in court. However, if the suspect is unable to pay the full amount of the bail, he or she can always buy a bail bond from a bail bond company. Bail bonds agencies typically charge a fee in exchange for posting the bond which is about ten percent of the bail amount. The agency can also demand some additional collateral before posting a bond. They do this because it is their responsibility to pay the full bail if the suspect “jumps bail” and fails to appear as promised.
However, the bail amount can also be reduced if the court decides to and accept a replacement bond issued for the lower amount. However, the reduction in the premium will depend upon the bail agency rates and policies. The bail typically lasts throughout the life of the case being bonded. The bail amount is typically paid on a yearly basis, at the inception and each anniversary of the bond. However, the premiums are not refundable and are fully earned despite any outcome of the case, as long as the arrestee shows up in all his or her trials.
If the suspect cannot afford to post bail, he or she can seek the assistance from bail bonds agencies. Bail bonds are usually issued by private bail bonding agencies and their fees are non-refundable. This means that even if the arrestee appears in his or her trial, the bail refund will be given to the agency. In cases when the bail bonds agency requires collateral, the agency will return the collateral but they will keep any fees.