Everything you Need to Know About Bail Bonds

Everything you Need to Know About Bail Bonds

Understanding bail bonds and how they work can be complicated. However, in the dire situation of an arrest, you’ll want to be prepared with all the facts. There are many different types of bail bonds to help someone who is in jail. Here’s everything you’ll need to know if you or a loved one needs help from a bail bondsman.

What are Bail Bonds?

When an individual has been arrested for a crime, they may be released from jail by posting bail. A bail bond is a specified amount of money that is given to the county court in the form of cash or a surety bond in order to be released from jail. Bail is treated as collateral that ensures to the court the defendant will return after release from jail. If the defendant violates the conditions of the release or fails to appear in court, then the bail bond company will relinquish the money.

How The Bail Bonds Process Works

The following are the general steps of the bail bonds process:

  • Arrest
    When a person is arrested and booked for a crime, they now become a defendant.
  • Jail
    Defendants wait for their arraignment or their first court appearance while they are in jail.
  • The Arraignment
    The defendant will have a hearing where the judge will set the amount of money that must be paid for the defendant to be released from jail.
  • Payment
    Once the bond is set by the judge, the full amount must be paid in order for the defendant to be released from jail. The individual or their friends or family may pay.
  • Bail Bondsman
    If the defendant is unable to pay the full amount, a bail bondsman can help. When hiring a bail bondsman, the defendant will only have to pay a fraction of the total bond amount.
  • Release
    Once the bond is paid, the defendant will be released from jail and is usually able to continue their daily life and activities as usual.
  • Court Appearances
    For the bond to remain in effect, the defendant is required to appear at all required court proceedings. Failure to appear or abide by all court requirements in the defendant’s case could put the defendant’s freedom at risk as well as the money or collateral that has been put up for the bond.

Who Needs Bail Bonds?

Depending on the type of crime an individual has been arrested for, the following are some cases in which a bail bondsman can help.

Types of Bail Bonds

  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Crimes
  • Felonies
  • Misdemeanors
  • Traffic Bail
  • Weapons
  • DUI

Bail Bonds and Arrest Warrants

Having a warrant out for your arrest is a scary and stressful situation. If you are not sure if there is a warrant out for your arrest, speaking to a bail bondsman as soon as possible could help relieve some stress and ease your fears. Having a bail bondsman on your side can reduce the processing time and get you or your loved one out of jail sooner.

  • What is an arrest warrant?
    An arrest warrant is a written order that is issued and signed by a judge or grand jury. The warrant allows law enforcement to proceed with an arrest based on probable cause that an individual was involved in illegal activity.
  • Is There an Expiration Date on Arrest Warrants?
    Arrest warrants do not expire and there are no statues of limitation on them. Arrest warrants will be enforced no matter how long ago it was issued. Prosecutors and law enforcement must execute an arrest warrant promptly and must prove they made a reasonable effort to locate an accused individual. Ignoring an arrest warrant will not make it disappear.
  • How to Find Out if There is an Arrest Warrant Against You
    It’s crucial to take care of arrest warrant matters as soon as possible. If you think there is an arrest warrant out for you or a loved one, it’s important to contact a bail bondsman immediately. If it is found that there is a warrant out for your arrest, here are your options:
    • Pay the full bond in cash
    • Post bond with the help of a bail bondsman
    • Turn yourself into the local jail

A bail bondsman can speed up the process of release as the jail will already be notified that you are to be released on bond.

If you or a loved one has been arrested for any type of crime or needs assistance with an arrest warrant, a bail bondsman can help speed up the process for your release. Call Andy Callif Bail Bonds at (614) 945-4334 for a free consultation today.

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