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How to Choose a Bail Bondsman

Do you know what the term bail bond means? Most people never have to deal with bail bonds, so don’t feel bad if you don’t know what it means. After the police arrest a person he is held in jail, but the courts often decide a bail price and people can get him out of jail if they pay the fee and get the person to go to all court hearings. The problem is that the bail rate is usually a lot of money, and people can’t come up with that kind of cash on command. In this article I want to discuss how bail bonds can help, and some common questions people have on the subject.

Now let’s define the actual term bail bonds. When a family is unable to pay the full price for bail they can go to a bondsman who will basically “co-pay” so you only have to pay a small percentage of the total bail. This option saves you money and you can get them out of jail, but you do have to make sure they show up in court. If they show up to all their hearings, the court will often refund that initial payment to the bail bondsman, which gives them a nice profit and they are happy to help you.

That is basically how the process works. But as I said you will still have to pay a percentage of the total bail fee. The amount needed out of your own pocket varies from one situation to the next. As a general rule though, you can expect to pay between 10-15% of the total amount. When using any kind of service, even bondsmen, it is a good idea to compare the rates of a few different places.

Now let’s talk about the money you get back afterward. Even if all goes well you’ll still have to pay something, but there is a chance a small portion of the fee may be refunded. If you paid extra for the first payment you should hopefully get that extra amount back.

I understand that you would only need to use a bondsman during an emergency situation. But it is definitely important to use your head and take a little time to find a good bondsman so you don’t get ripped off and more importantly so your loved one doesn’t have to stay in a cell. If possible compare a few different places. And never hand over your own payment before reading the agreement and understanding all the details. I know this sounds like a pain, but isn’t it worth it if it means your loved one isn’t in jail?
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January 30, 2013 This post was written by Categories: BailBondsFunds Tagged with: AssistanceBailFunds
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