Everything You Should Know About Bail Bonds, step-by-step bail bonds

Why People Need Bail Bonds

bail bond co-signerIn 2016 alone, over 808,000 people were arrested in Tarrant County, TX. Whether convicted or not, that means throughout the year over 808,000 individuals ware incarcerated and awaiting trials to prove or disprove innocence. Bail is an amount set by a judge that serves as collateral for a conditional release of an individual. What this means is that individuals accused of committing crimes do not necessarily have to wait in jail while their case is being built. If family members or friends are able, they post bail for an accused individual. If such finances are not available and they want to get the accused released while awaiting trial. They can use a bail bondsman to get the money needed for bail to be met.  Bail bonds are a loan given to a cosigner willing to put money down to get an accused individual released from jail.  Bail is collateral that is returned to the individual posting it once all conditions of the bail have been met. If the defendant arrives on time to all court dates and follows all conditions of the bail, the bail fee is returned to the individual. Bail bonds are a loan of sorts for people who may not have a few thousand dollars available to pay bail when it is required. A bail bond company such a David Gallagher Bail Bonds pails the bail upfront for an agreed-upon fee to the cosigner. In this way, the defendant is able to be released from jail while awaiting trial. 

Step-By-Step Process

The first step of acquiring a bail bond is waiting until the bail amount is set by a judge. Once a person has been accused of a crime and is awaiting trial, a judge will review the crime committed to discern whether that crime is bail-eligible. If eligible, bail will be set at a specified amount dependent upon the accused crime committed. It is important to note that not all crimes will allow bail to even be an option. If eligible and bail amount has been set, an individual wishing to get a loved one out of jail should either pay bail on his/her own or contact a trusted bail bond agency.  The bail bond agency will sit with the cosigner (individual wishing to sign for the bail bond) and complete the paperwork required to start the process of posting bail. Paperwork can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete and includes all fees that will be charged by the bail bondsman. When all conditions of bail have been met, bail is returned to the person who posted it. If using a bail bondsman, bail will be returned minus any agreed-upon fees.  

Bail Bond Help

It is important to look for a bail bondsman in advance. Check online sources, ask trusted friends or neighbors who may have some knowledge on this subject, or do a little research prior to anyone getting into trouble. Like insurance companies or morticians, people need to be able to trust the service chosen to do what is right and fair. Bailing a friend or loved one out of jail is not something any of us want to think about, but having a plan just in case is important. If you never have to use the company you have chosen, fantastic. If you do, you already know they are the best decision to help you when emotions may be high and clear thinking may be strained. Make sure the company you choose is licensed and has been working in the system for quite a few years. You want to make sure you feel secure and supported by the company you choose and that all of your questions can be answered fully. Nothing in the bail bond process should be a surprise. At David Gallagher, you can be assured there will be no surprises and no questions that will go unanswered to the best of their ability.