How Do Bail Bonds Work?
People who have been arrested and have undergone booking and processing are allowed to make a single phone call. They can call their family member to inform them of his jail booking or he can also call a friend.
The only way that he can be released from jail is by calling a bail bond company. There are some companies that will not provide bail bonds to the arrested person. There are many contributing factors why a bondsman will not take the case, most of the time it is due to the amount of the bond or the type of bond. 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.
If the person does not want it to be a trial and error thing, then he could make the process faster by calling a family member of a friend and giving 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.
You can find companies that offer many types of bonds but there are those who only provide one or two kinds of bonds. The different kinds of bonds include bail bonds at federal or state level, 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.
Bail bondsmen do not sign the contract until they are sure that the co-signer understands what it entails. 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 there is a need for collateral then it will depend on the bond amount. Some bail bonds only need a signature but others needs a property collateral. Signature bonds will require the co-signer to have residence in the area, own a house or work there. Upon signing the bail bond, the defendant gets released from jail. A defendant only need to show up in court when the scheduled hearing comes. If the defendant does not show up during the scheduled hearing, then the co-signed will have to pay the total amount of bail. One a defendant is found and retained, he then forfeits his option of using a bail bond when he returns to jail.