Many people unfortunately get into trouble for one reason or another and end up on the wrong side of the law in a jail cell. Sometimes these people are guilty, sometimes they are innocent, never the less, our legal system allows said individuals to post bail and get out of jail until their trial.
But just how do bail bonds really work? A lot people are in full panic when they get that dreaded phone call from a loved one or friend that informs them they have been arrested and need them to post bail so that they may return to work and their normal lives. They have no idea what to do or where to turn.
We have found a few great articles with a lot of great information about just how bail bonds actually work and what to expect. Attorneys.com explains just how it works with the courts –
If you are arrested for a serious crime, the authorities will not release you from custody unless they are confident that you will show up in court for all required hearings and trial. If you can show that you are not likely to run away and you have substantial contacts in the community that require you to stay in the area, the court can release you on your own recognizance.
Defendants who are not released on their own recognizance will usually pay some amount in bail. Bail is simply an amount of money that is deposited with the court to ensure that you show up for all court proceedings. You can post your bail in cash with the court, and you will then be released from custody. However, if you fail to show up in court, you forfeit the money to the court. Sometimes due to the severity of the crime and the court’s uncertainty about whether a defendant will show up for trial, a large bail will be set.
Read the full article here – http://www.attorneys.com/felonies/how-does-bail-work
But then you maybe left asking yourself “just how is the bail amount arrived at?”, or “what information do I need when contacting the bonding agent?”, and “where do I go to post the bail?”. These questions and more were covered wonderfully in a post by AboutBail.com –
Who and what determines a person’s bail amount?
The bail amount is set by a judge during a bail hearing. The judge will consider a variety of factors, including the severity of the crime, previous convictions, the defendant’s ties to the community, family, and whether or not they have steady employment.
Why do I need to hire a bail agent?
If you cannot afford bail, you need to hire a bail agent. You will pay a small fee to the agent, who will take on the responsibility of the full bail amount.
What information do I need when contacting a bail agent?
When contacting a bail agent, make sure you know:
- The full name of the person in jail
- What jail they are in
- Their booking number
- The charges
- Any other information you can get
Where do I go to post the bond?
The bail agent will usually meet you at the jail to post the bond, though in some cases they may be willing to come to your home. If you are not in the same city as the defendant all paperwork and payments can be handled electronically or over the phone.
Read the rest of the article here – http://www.aboutbail.com/pages/how-bail-bonds-work
Also, here is a great short video for those of you that don’t like to read and would rather just watch to learn –
If you have a friend or loved one that has been arrested and in jail in Cobb County, Fulton or other various counties located in Georgia please visit our website to get in touch with us and get them released as fast as possible!