How Does The Bail Bond Process Work?
When you or a loved one gets arrested, you want to begin the bail process as soon as possible so you can get out of jail fast. When you contact A-1 Affordable Bail Bonds, we work quickly and efficiently to do just that. For many arrests, we can have the defendant out of jail within an hour. This also depends on the size of the institution. Typically, the larger the institution, the longer the process takes.
There are ways to ensure that the bail bonding process goes as quickly as possible, and understanding the process can help. We will break down the bail bonding process into the eight steps that occur, and what is needed from you at each step.
You or a loved one gets arrested. The defendant is booked and processed and placed in jail.
Bail is Set
The defendant’s bail is set by the judge. Your bail amount will be determined by many factors, but some of the most common are: previous offenses, your ties to the community and if you are a flight risk, the seriousness of the crime, and whether or not you are considered a threat to the community.
You Contact A-1 Affordable Bail Bonds
When you or a loved one is arrested, time is of the essence. No one wants to spend more time in jail than necessary, so contact A-1 Affordable Bail Bondsas soon as possible.
You Provide The Defendant’s Information
The bail bonding agency will need certain information to begin the paperwork to post a bond. Having this information ready when you call will ensure that we can get started right away. The information needed includes the defendant’s name, their date of birth, the time and location of arrest, the jail where they are being held, and the charges they are facing. If you already know the set bail amount that is helpful information as well.
You Pay The Bail Bonding Agency
The standard fee for bail bonding is 10% of the defendant’s bail. For example, if bail is set at $1000, your fee would be $100. This is a non-refundable fee for our services. Occasionally, bail is set so high that paying a 10% fee upfront may not be possible. In this case, A-1 Affordable Bail Bonds does offer financing options, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.
A Bond is Secured
At this point, A-1 Affordable Bail Bonds will have all the necessary paperwork done and can post a bond to get you or your loved one out of jail.
The Defendant is Released
After a bond is posted, the defendant is released from jail. Certain conditions may be made for the defendant’s release on bail. They may be required to remain in the state or county, maintain their job, keep out of trouble with the law, or to refrain from having any contact with other people who will be involved in the trial. When the defendant is released on bail, it is important to know their conditions so that they can remain free while awaiting their trial.
The Defendant Prepares for Trial and Appears in Court
This is one of the most important steps. Your bond was posted on the condition that you appear on your court date. Failure to appear for your trial could result in a bench warrant being issued and your bail being revoked so that you will have to await your new court date in jail.
When you or a loved one gets arrested, contact us as quickly as possible so we can begin this process and ensure that you have all the pertinent information ready. A-1 Affordable Bail Bonds is available 24/7 for all your bail bonding needs in Rockbridge County. Contact us to get you or a loved one out of jail fast.
What to Do When A Loved One Is Arrested
When a loved one gets arrested it can be a stressful time for all involved.One of the most important things you can do is try to keep yourself and them calm. Emotions are running high, and allowing yourself or your loved one to get too stressed is not helpful in finding a solution.
Your loved one already has feelings of anxiety and regret and you don’t want to make that worse. Nor do you want to put any more pressure on yourself. So, remaining calm and understanding through the bail bonding process can help you and your loved one get through this difficult time.
When you contact A-1 Affordable Bail Bonds, we can help you get through the bail bonding process step-by-step so it doesn’t feel quite so overwhelming. When your loved one gets arrested, follow these suggestions to help you and your loved one get through this difficult time.
Contact A Bail Bonding Agency
When your loved one gets arrested, the last thing you want to deal with is trying to figure out how you are going to pay for their bail, let alone how to go about it in the court system. When you hire A-1 Affordable Bail Bonds, you will only be required to pay 10% of the bail amount, which will be much less stressful than coming up with the full bail amount yourself. And if the standard percentage still seems like too much, we offer financing options to help make bail possible.
Hiring a bail bonding company to post bail also means that you will not have to figure out how to navigate the court system by yourself. A-1 Affordable Bail Bonds knows your local and state courthouse like the back of their hand. They can get the proper paperwork done and get a bond posted quicker than you ever could by yourself.
Something to remember when a loved one gets arrested is to be patient with them. We know, they just committed a crime and called you at what was probably an inopportune time to come bail them out. But please, put yourself in their shoes. If you were the one that had been arrested, how would you be feeling? Chances are they already feel embarrassed, ashamed, hopeless, anxious, and angry at themselves — and adding to that is not helpful for anyone.
Be patient with your loved one because if the tables were turned, you would want them to be patient and understanding with you. We all make mistakes, and it is important to help each other through the more difficult times.
Help Them Find Representation
Once your loved one is out on bail, they will need to find legal representation for their trial. The right representation can be imperative to a positive outcome. Depending on the defendant’s crime, a public defender may be provided. However, if this is not the case, finding a good lawyer will be necessary.
When looking for legal representation, it is best to ask for recommendations. Ask friends and family who they have used in the past and what their experience was like. Also, ensure that the lawyer that you hire specializes in defending the particular crime for which your loved one was arrested.
Hold Them Accountable
You have helped them secure a bond to get out of jail; you’ve been patient at every step of the way; and you’ve helped them find legal representation. Now, it’s time to make sure they are held accountable. Ensure that your loved one knows what the conditions of their bail are so they can stay out of jail while they’re awaiting their trial. Also, hold them accountable for showing up for their court date.
Having a loved one arrested can be a difficult time, and A-1 Affordable Bail Bonds is here to help. Contact us today to get your loved one out of jail fast.