How Do Bail Bonds Work?
People who have been arrested and have undergone booking and processing are allowed to make a single phone call. The can either call a friend or a family member.
The only way that he can be released from jail is by calling a bail bond company. Not all bail bondsmen will take the case. Some bondsmen don’t take the case simply because of the amount of the bond or because of the bond required. It can become a case of trial and error to find the right bail bondsman because you do not actually know what factors they base their decisions on.
To make it possible for him to be released faster and find the right bondsman, then he should call a family member or a friend and give ,the following information: full legal name, social security number, date of birth, who arrested him, why he was arrested and where he is being held. This information is needed for the bondsman to get the defendant released as quickly as possible.
There are companies that provide different types of bonds but others only provide one or two kinds. Federal or state bail bonds, cash bail bonds, immigration bail bonds, and property bail bonds.
If a family member or a friend posts the bond, they enter into a contract with the bail bondsman. Bail bonds are used to guarantee to the bail agent and to the court, that the defendant will show up to their future court dates as expected.
A bail bondsman will not sign the contract until the co-signer, who is the family member or a friend, understands the commitment they are guaranteeing. The co-signer needs to understand that if the defendant fails to honor his commitment, then the co-signer will be responsible to pay the full bond amount.
If the court requires a collateral then the bond amount will determine what it will be. It is possible for only a signature to be required for a bail bond, but sometimes it is requiring that a property or collateral should be presented. Companies that require only a signature will request that the cosigner be someone who lives in the area, owns a home in the area, or work in the area. Upon signing the bail bond, the defendant gets released from jail. The responsibility of the defendant in all these is to show up to his scheduled court date. If they do not then the co-signer will be responsible for paying the total bail amount. One a defendant is found and retained, he then forfeits his option of using a bail bond when he returns to jail.