Understanding Bail Bonds

types of bail bondsIf a person is arrested, they may be required to post bond before they can be released from jail. This bond amount will vary according to the state that they are in and the type of crime that the person is being charged with.

If a person can’t post the amount of bail that is required, they may wish to hire a bail bonds specialist to post the bond for them. A bail bondsman will charge the person approximately ten percent of the total amount of the bond.

Each state works slightly differently but all believe that if a person is posting a bond, they are much more likely to show up for their court date.

Should the person fail to appear in court, any typical bail bonds service will work as a bounty hunter or hire a bounty hunter to find the person and apprehend them so that they will have to go back to jail.

Not all states work the same way on this so it’s important that they understand the specific laws in the state that they’re in. In order to secure a bond, most people must have some form of collateral such as a house, a car that has some value, or some other form of personal property that has a value.

The bail bondsman will work closely with their client to ensure that they have something to use and post the bond. Not all clients will require a bond. Clients that are unlikely to flee will often be released on their own recognizance.

However, if that person doesn’t appear in court, a bench warrant for their arrest will typically be sent out and the person will not be eligible for bail should this happen.

The first documented bail bonds were done in the late 1800s. However, there are some clay tablets from the year 2750 BC describing bail bonds for an ancient civilization that is now known as modern day Iraq.

It’s important to note that not all bonds are created equal. There are several different kinds of bonds including federal bonds. Most people work with a general bond and the process will go smoothly.

Bail bonds are designed so that a person who has been charged with a crime can work and be with their family until the situation goes to court. Once in court, it will be determined whether or not the person is guilty.