How Bail Bond Services Work
Usually, the process that leads up to the need for release on bail bond payment arises from arrest. Once the arresting officer escorts you to the detention service, you will get a chance to call your loved one and inform them of your current predicament. In most cases, your family members will be the ones to contact us because you are only allowed one phone call, pending your bail hearing. We recommend providing the location of your detention center to whoever you decide to contact, as the information conveyed to us allows for proper preparation of your upcoming hearing.
Within twenty-four hours of arrest, you will appear in court for the bail hearing. The judge weighs several factors in determining whether you are eligible for bail and, if so, the bail amount to set. The main details in consideration include checking if you pose a risk to your immediate community, especially if you were arrested for serious offenses like kidnapping. You need to note that if your crime is charged as a capital offense, you will not have the option of release on bail. Moreover, if you are a flight risk for your case, the judge will be reluctant to set a bail amount. Sometimes, he/she will delay making a final determination until the court receives your passport and other documents to prevent you from leaving the state upon your release. In such cases, the judge may then issue a bail amount for release.
Your bail bondsman posts bail to provide surety for your appearance in all court proceedings. Thus, the amount paid is receivable after your trial process if you comply with all requirements for your court arraignments. However, since your agreement with a bail bondsman involves making a small service fee payment, the consequence of the posted bail rests on us. Thus, we require a collateral agreement to ensure that no significant losses are suffered in defaults. You get to choose what to use as your collateral, including property, credit accounts, or even real estate.