Do you know someone who is in jail, but cannot pay his bail due to financial problems? If that is the case then he will need to stay put inside until he faces trial. However, there is a way in these kinds of situations. Get a bail bondsman.
What is bail bondsman?
A bail bondsman is a professional who can pay the bail for the defendant, and set an agreement with him that he should appear on all court hearings for his case. At the same time, he is also setting an agreement with the court that in case his client disappears and fails to comply, he may hire a ‘bounty hunter’ to look for the said defendant.
How can you get bondsman services?
The first thing you should know about a bail bondsman is that he is offering a particular service. That service is payment for the bail in order for the defendant to get out of jail. If it is a service, then it means there is a fee. Yes that is correct. Bonds agents usually charge at least 10% of the total bail amount from the party. Unlike the actual bail, which can be refundable, this premium fee for the agent isn’t.
Before you even call a bail bondsman you should first know who your agent is. Searching for bondsmen is not that difficult these days. Bond agencies and groups have lists that provide information about certain bond agents, their experience and reputation. Finally get the agent’s contact details. Most agents answer calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In addition, you should also prepare some key information that you need to provide to the bail bondsman. Here are some important details you should list down if possible:
- Complete name of the person in jail
- The charges filed against him
- Name and place of the jail where he was placed
- Booking number for imprisonment
- Bail amount
Moreover, you should also prepare additional details such as property, assets, and other belongings. Why, you may ask. The concept is pretty simple: because the bondsman will use his own finances to pay the bail, it is just practical that he can bank on collaterals in case the defendant fails to appear in all court hearings. Some of the things that can be accepted as collateral include:
- Bank savings
- Car or any vehicle
- Real estate
- Credit cards
Given these details, the bondsman will immediately know what to do. He may meet with you in your home, or go straight to the city or state jail where he would prepare the documents needed for your friend’s release. As mentioned earlier, he will require an upfront fee, which is about 10% of the total bail amount. Some agents charge more, and some charge less. Once the agreement has been signed and the bail paid, the jail wound immediately release the defendant.
This agreement between the defendant and the bail bondsman will only take effect until all the hearings are completed.