It’s an unfortunate fact that someone in almost all families may need to be bailed out of jail. Before that happens, it would behoove families to find out the relevant details of the bail bonds process. And furthermore, each state has rules that are not the same; therefore, it’s best to learn the ins and outs of the bail bonds process of that state, and this can be done with the help of a bail bondsman.
How does one make bond, and where to go for guidance for this kind of situation?
Making bond is a lot easier today thanks to the Internet. Consumers can easily find out about the reputable bail bond companies online by checking the Better Business Bureau, and they can also check consumer reviews. It’s also easier to make bond these days, because consumers work with the bondsmen by making payments online with the use of a major credit card, and the paperwork can be done via email or fax. That way, there’s no need to miss work, or leave your home late at night to complete the necessary paperwork and to make payment for the bond. Also, if needed a check can be made online for payment, and a payment plan can be provided for many bail bond companies as well.
Other than that, to make bond:
1. The full amount can be paid in cash with the jail or court.
2. Real property can be used with the court.
3. The judge can decide to release the defendant on their own recognizance.
How and what are the things that should and shouldn’t be done?
One thing that should be done is to check thoroughly the licenses and reputation of the different bondsmen. Mostly all of them are great, or else they can risk losing their licenses. Nevertheless, it’s still a good idea to check out the choices available, their rates, their expertise, what they accept as collateral, etc. Another thing that should be done when undergoing the bail process is to find out the exact location of the person in custody, the name of the jail where he/she is located, his/her booking number, and how much is the bail.
What shouldn’t be done is to not look at the whole bail process in detail, before proceeding. Not learning every aspect of the bail process could be detrimental.
Other than that, people should know that the bondsman is someone who can make the whole process easier for them. He or she can tell you about the different types of bonds available. And because bail bonds can vary among the jurisdictions and can be complex, a bondsman is greatly needed.