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How Effective Are Bail Bonds ?

Apr 14, 2008
All the obvious technological marvels aside, one of the greatest inventions for some individuals has been a bail bond. It is hard to imagine but once upon a time these did not exist.

If you were arrested, then you sat in jail until the judge sentenced you. Bail bonds are for the benefit of the people that have been arrested but cannot afford to sit in jail until the trial occurs.

Bail bond agents work on a pretty simple premise. A bail bond is a guarantee that you will show up to court. It works like this: the person is arrested, the judge decides what the bail will be and bail bond agents then pay a percentage to the court to allow the defendant to leave.

The bail agency is guaranteeing that the person will show up to court. If that does not happen, then trouble starts because they want to get their money back. If the defendant does not show up for the court appearance, then the money placed for bail is forfeited.

Bail bonds are not always used. There are times when the judge will release a defendant on his own recognizance. That means he will trust the person to show up to court and not flee before the court date.

The worse the crime, the less likely the judge will be to do this type of bail bond. He or she does not want the person to flee if the defendant thinks that he or she will be found guilty.

Bail bond agents act as a surety. They are a third person that agrees to be responsible. The usual arrangement is that the bail agency puts up a certain amount of money towards the total bond.

This is usually ten percent. Unlike posting a cash bond yourself, you will not get this ten percent back because it is the fee that the agency charges for getting you out of jail and putting up the guarantee that you will show for the trail or sentencing. If you put up a cash bond, then you will get the money back once you show up at court, minus the fees of course.

If you find yourself in need of bail bonds, either for yourself, a family member or a friend, then they work in the favor of the defendant. It allows them to get back to their lives while waiting for a backed-up court system to get to their case.

This freedom is greatly appreciated when it comes to work and family life. There is no point sitting in a jail cell when you could be safely back at home.
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