How Does The Bail Bond Process Work?
When your loved one gets arrested, you need to act immediately to help them get out of jail as quickly as possible. When you contact A-1 Affordable Bail Bonds, we go to work right away to do just that. Often, we can have the defendant out of jail within an hour, depending on the nature of the offense, whether the bond was set in court or by a magistrate, and how quickly the jail can transfer the paperwork to the magistrate’s office.
Understanding the bail bond process can help make it go as quickly and efficiently as possible. Here are the A B C’s in the bail bonding process:
You or a loved one gets arrested. The defendant is booked and brought before a magistrate.
The magistrate will determine what amount of bail, if any, will secure the defendant’s appearance in all future court proceedings. The magistrate can release the defendant on a signature, require him/her to pay money (usually several thousand dollars), or hold the defendant without bond. If your loved one is held without bond, he/she will be held in jail until trial unless his/her attorney convinces a judge to set a bond.
After the defendant retains an attorney (or the court appoints one), the attorney almost always files a motion to convince the court to set a bond. The first bond hearing will take place in the trial court. This is usually General District Court or Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. If the trial judge does not set a bond, the attorney can appeal to the Circuit Court. In most cases, the defendant will eventually receive a bond, but the court may set additional conditions that have to be performed to satisfy the court the defendant is neither a flight risk nor a danger to the community while he is out on bond. This can include surrendering his passport, drug screening, alcohol monitoring, electronic surveillance (ankle bracelet), promising to stay away from the alleged victim(s), etc. A-1 Affordable Bail Bonds can help you coordinate all of those conditions.
Call A-1 Affordable Bail Bonds
As soon as you find out the defendant’s bond, call us to come post it. In many cases, we are in contact with families before the bond hearing even occurs to ensure our agent is available as soon as the bond is set. The earlier you call us, the faster we can post the bond and get your loved one out of jail. We charge the lowest price allowed by law: 10% of the bond amount. This means a $50,000 bond costs $5,000. We have 0% interest payment plans available, as well, to help families who do not have the full premium up front. To help us work as quickly as possible, make sure you have the Defendant’s name, address, phone number, bond amount, and jail where he is being held.
Defendant is Released
Once the bond is posted, the Defendant will be released. The jailors will provide him a piece of paper called a Recognizance containing his bond conditions, the identity of the company posting his bond, and the date of his next appearance in court. As a condition of posting the bond, A-1 Affordable Bail Bonds and its surety requires at least one other party to sign as an Indemnitor on the bond. The Indemnitor(s) sign indicating they will be personally liable to pay the bond if the Defendant fails to appear in court. Each Indemnitor will need to provide his/her name, address, phone number, as well as his/her source and amount of income.