If you ever find yourself on the wrong side of the law, the judge is likely to set bail. Paying money to be released from a jail cell sounds quite simple, but there is more going on behind the scenes. A simple concept, in theory, can still be quite complex in practice. There are bail bond agencies working overtime each day to ensure the bail bond process is as simple and straightforward as possible. Still, educating yourself is important. Here is how it works.
Bail Bond Process
The total bail amount the defendant must pay is set by the presiding judge during the bail hearing. During the trial, the judge will consider numerous factors, including the severity of the crime, past convictions, ties to the community, family, and gainful employment or not. These factors will help determine the risk a defendant poses and whether it makes sense for bail to be set at a lower amount.
Generally, most families cannot afford to pay bail upfront all at once. The money just isn’t there for such a charge right away. As such, you must hire a bail bond agent. You would pay a small fee to the agent or agency, who then takes on the responsibility of the full bail amount. Over time, you would pay the agency for the bail they covered – generally in monthly installments.
Where to Post Bond
When it comes to posting bond, if you have worked with an agent, the agent will handle the matter. The bail agent will likely meet you at the jail or holding facility. In some cases, a bail bondsman may be willing to meet at your home, where all paperwork and payments will be taken care of to ensure a quick jail release.