A bail bondsman is someone many people find themselves desperately needing unexpectedly. Often times, someone is arrested for doing something they didn’t even know was breaking the law. In South Florida there are a lot of sportsmen who find themselves in trouble for breaking fishing, lobstering or hunting laws. In other circumstances, such as domestic violence or driving under the influence, the person knew it was illegal, but wasn’t thinking clearly. And finally, there are those who forgot about a traffic violation or some other municipal citation.
Whatever the reason for an arrest, no one wants to spend more time in jail than absolutely necessary. And we can thank our country’s Constitution for our ability to be granted bail. When you are put into a position where you are behind bars and at the mercy of someone other than yourself to get you out of jail, you’ll want to make sure you choose someone with experience, qualifications and a positive review history. Obviously, that person will be an experienced and licensed bail bond agent who has been in business in the area for several years.
Bail Bond agents provide the court surety bail bonds on behalf of someone accused of a crime in exchange for their release while awaiting a court hearing. The bonds are put in place of the full bail amount as a guarantee that the defendant will be sure to appear in court as scheduled. The cost for a bail bond is usually 10% of the full amount of bail set by the judge.
Anyone is eligible to contact a bail bondsman, complete the paperwork and make payment for the person who is incarcerated. This person is referred to as the indemnitor and would be taking on the responsibility with the bail bondsman to make sure the defendant appears in court as ordered by the judge.
If you find a bail bondsman who operates 24 hours a day and he or she is contacted immediately following an arrest and the paperwork is completed quickly, it’s common for the person who was arrested to be released within one to six hours after completing the booking process. The more experienced the bondsman, the more smoothly the release from jail will be.
If the defendant does not show up for his or her court hearing as demanded by the judge prior to posting bail, this creates havoc for everyone who was involved with the bail bond, including the client who didn’t show up to their court date, the indemnitor and the bondsman. The bail now must be paid in full to the court and the defendant more than likely now has a new criminal charge filed against them and a new warrant issued for their arrest.
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