Welcome to our very first blog here at Break Free Bail Bonds. If you’re like most people you probably rarely, if ever, have had the need to look into getting a bail bond. So if you’ve found yourself in this situation, you may not know what steps you should take to get started. Luckily, bail bondsmen themselves, like the ones at Break Free Bail Bonds, are a great resource not only for general information about bail bonds but also about local statewide laws and regulations that affect your ability [or lack thereof] to get a bail bond. In our first blog, we’ll discuss several of the most important questions to ask your bail bondsman as soon as possible. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
How Much Do Bail Bondsmen Charge?
The amount that a bail bond company charges relies heavily on local state regulations. As such, it’s not really possible to give an exact number as to how much your bail bond company will be charging. However, you can generally expect around 8 to 15 percent of the total bail amount. Be aware of anyone who’s trying to offer “bargains” or “deals,” because these firms may be operating outside of state mandate.
How Quickly Will I Be Released?
If you’re dealing with an experienced bail bond company like Break Free Bail Bonds, there won’t be any setbacks on our end. Assuming we’re able to get the necessary information and secure collateral, we will have all the paperwork done quickly and efficiently. However, be aware that the procedure the jail uses may take between six and eight hours and other complications may arise during the process.
Are You Licensed?
It’s highly recommended that you never negotiate with an unlicensed bail bond company. Although these firms may offer lower rates, they may not be mandated by the state government. Speak with our licensed bail bondsmen at Break Free Bail Bonds to learn more about this.
Does Location Matter?
Since bail bond companies are licensed at a state level, it’s recommended that you work with a bail bond company that’s in the same state as the jail. In some cases, you can work with one out of state, but you may be paying a premium. Speak with our bail bondsmen to learn more.
What If I Don’t Show Up To Court?
If the defendant doesn’t show up to court after receiving bail, they will show up as a fugitive in police records and a warrant will be issued for their arrest. The bail bond company will attempt to contact the defendant, but if they can’t be reached the bail bondsman will hire a bounty hunter to arrest them.
What Is An Indemnitor?
An indemnity, also known as a co-signer, is an individual, such as the defendant’s friend or family member, or a company, who agrees to pay bail in full amount if the defendant doesn’t meet its obligations. Speak with a bail bondsman at Break Free Bail Bonds to learn more about the obligations of both the defendant and the indemnitor.
Call Us Today
We understand it can be a stressful experience dealing with bail bonds, especially if it’s your first time. And since the bail bond process usually involves three or more parties, your bail bondsman has no control over the actions of the court, jail, defendant, or indemnitor. What we will do, however, is ensure that we hold up our end of the deal by acting quickly and getting the job done right. We’re also here for you anytime you have any questions or concerns. Give us a call today to get started.