The Bail Process
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What Are Bail Bonds?
How the Bail Bond Process Works
Paying money to get yourself out of jail may seem like a simple concept. The basic idea of the bail system is that if someone is arrested, someone else can pay money so that the prisoner is released. And while this is the main idea behind bail, there is something else that goes into the process. At Bustin Out Bail Bonds in Denton and Fort Worth, Texas, our team has been helping people get themselves, and their loved ones out of jail for years by providing access to affordable bail bonds so that they can get back to living their lives after an arrest.
People who have never been arrested or gone through the prison system before can sometimes be given the option to post bail but are unsure what to do. If you are arrested and required to pay a cost that could total $10,000 or more, you’re probably going to have questions including do you have to remain in prison if you cannot afford the full amount? Can others pay for you? Can you hire Bondman to pay for you? The question of how to get yourself out of jail following an arrest can be tricky to answer.
It is important to understand how bonds work, how the court determines the amount of bail, what types of payment methods you can use, and other similar problems when faced with an arrest or the arrest of family members or loved ones.
What Determines Bail
If you are arrested for a crime, a police officer can give you a ticket with a promise you signed to attend court on a certain day, or a police officer can take you to prison. If you are detained, you must post bail to leave prison. Bail is a temporary release for someone awaiting trial, provided that they invest money to ensure that they appear in court.
The court determines the amount of the deposit to be paid. Payments are usually made in cash, money order or cashier’s check. The defendant can post bail themselves, or find someone else who can handle the process in their name. After the bail is released, the court issues documents or a court order to release the person from prison.
Depending on the nature of the accusation or whether the crime involves brutality, retaliation or threats to public safety, the total cost of bail can vary. The judge or magistrate will review the defendant’s past and any evidence against him. If the defendant is a major threat to the community or has committed a serious crime, he can be detained without bail. If a case ends with the fulfillment of all obligations, then bail is usually returned. In some cases though, an administrative fee can be deducted, especially if paying bail on your own.
Why Hire a Bail Bond Agent?
If you’ve never dealt with a friend or loved one being arrested before, then chances are high that you’re not sure what’s going on or how the process works. Instead of struggling to understand everything for yourself, your best option is to reach out to a professional bail bonds agent who can work with you to handle the process quickly and without any unexpected complications. At Bustin Out Bail Bonds in Decatur, TX our team has worked with people in the community for years, and we know the way the criminal justice system works. By handling the paperwork, submitting the payment promptly and helping you save money by offering the lowest bail bond rates in the area, we can help you get your friend or loved one released from jail as quickly as possible.
Keep in mind that when agreeing with a professional bail bond agency, there is an expectation of responsibility for the amount being paid on your behalf. This means that it is important to follow all the rules and expectations of your case so that the full amount of the bail cost will be returned at the end of the proceedings.
To secure a bail bond in Denton and Fort Worth, TX after an arrest, just be prepared to present some identification, along with with your address and telephone number when you contact us. By taking the time to understand your situation, we can get started as quickly as possible by helping you secure a release.
What happens next to the defendant after he/she is booked. When can they be bailed out of jail?
Innocent Until Proven Guilty
At Bustin Out Bail Bonds, we understand the concept of “innocent until proven guilty”. We don’t judge your case based on other people’s accusations. Just because someone is accused of something doesn’t mean that they did it. We are here to help take some of the sting out of a painful situation. As to why you might need us in this situation, those reasons (as stated above) are numerous. However, we at Bustin Out Bail Bonds aren’t as concerned with WHY you need us. Our utmost concern is, how can we help you the most when you DO need us. What access to bail does is give the defendant the ability to mount a strong defense of the charges they have been accused of. If you are in jail you are not working to afford a lawyer or able to spend time handling your case. We want you to have the best chance for winning your case.
It Isn't Hard to Get Put Behind Bars. America has Just 4% of the World's Population and 22% of Prisoners
The Stigma of Jail
For the uninitiated, the idea of going to jail is horribly intimidating. While the reality isn’t a picnic, it usually isn’t as bad as what most people imagine. The reason that going to jail now isn’t like going to jail “in the good old days,” is because there are exponentially more laws in which one can become entangled now.
More Laws Than You Can Count
We live where there are literally more laws than can be counted, just read this article about it here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702304319804576389601079728920 and that is just on the federal level. When taking into account State, County, and Municipal laws, the numbers become too large for the human mind to comprehend. And as citizens, we are actually expected to follow each every single one of them because “ignorance of the law is no excuse.” There is a saying in the various businesses within the law industry.
“The average American commits 3 felonies a day without even knowing it.”
As easy as it is for ANYONE to go to jail nowadays, there is a very real statistical likelihood that at some point, you or someone you know will wind up in jail. Criminal punishment used to be dispensed for common law violations. Those are violations such as murder, robbery, fraud, rape, theft, etc. Violations that those common in society understand as being bad as evidenced by the existence of a victim. However, now, criminal punishment is dispensed for violating rules to a game that was laid out without your knowledge (in some cases without your consent), in such innumerable amount, that it becomes impossible to be 100% in compliance with “the law.”
An arrest for you or someone you know is pretty much a statistical inevitability at this point. In fact, it is such a common occurrence that, “What will the neighbors think” is no longer applicable. Because chances are VERY high, that your neighbor or someone they know has been to jail over of the myriad ways there are now to be locked up.
What Happens To A Defendant After Arrest When the Defendant is Booked Info Jail?
These are the most common things that happen once a person is booked.
- Sometimes a defendant is released and no charges are filed.
- The defendant is released on his/her own recognizance (O.R), or P.R. Bond (personal recognizance< however, the person must make all court appearances or there will be a warrant issued and the process begins again.
- The defendant is released on bail bond.
- No bail is set and the defendant must remain in jail until he/she goes to court.
- The defendant may bond out immediately on pre-set bonds providing they sign a waiver of arraignment.
What to Expect When Posting Bail as a Co-Signer, the Person Guaranteeing the Defendant Will Show Up for Court.
Since a bail bond is really an insurance policy that secures the defendant’s release from jail, there are certain conditions that must be met and adhered to in order for the bond to be posted. When getting someone out of jail, there is the unfortunate necessity of paperwork. This involves the cosigner.
You Need a Co-Signer to Bail You Out of Jail
As the cosigner, you are ensuring the defendant will fulfill her/his contractual obligations to the court and bondsman. When meeting with the bail agent it is necessary to have your ID and your cell phone for access to emergency contact information. While we do not call the cosigner’s job or contacts as part of the bail process, the information is necessary in case the cosigner is unreachable at the provided phone number in the event of an emergency or court dates.
When meeting with the agent, the paperwork involved only takes about 20 minutes or so to complete. Many bondsman advertise “quick” and “speedy” release. In reality, the cosigner’s paperwork is the speediest part of the process.
How Long Does It Take to Get Released From Jail?
Depending on which jail the defendant is in, greatly determines how long it will take for the release. In some cases and jurisdictions, it is required for the agent to physically go to the jail the defendant is in. Since all bonds are processed by the sheriff at the county level, those bonds then have to be brought to the county jail for processing from the jail where the defendant is. (If the defendant is in the county jail, this obviously makes things a little easier.) This can take some time.
Also, as with any large agency, the criminal justice centers move at their own pace, regardless of how “quick” a bondsman promises release or even how “quick” the bond is posted. As a general rule, it can take 2-4 hours to secure the release of a defendant from jail, once the cosigner paperwork has been completed.
Posting Bail is Almost Always an Excercise in Patience
At a time when patience is in short supply. Many of the people you will be forced to deal with in relation to this problem will be unpleasant and will do nothing but make you use what little patience you have.
At Bustin Out Bail Bonds, we understand this. That is why if you choose to work with us, we make sure that you understand what you are getting into, and how we are going to make it better for you. (or possibly we make sure that you understand what it is you are getting into, and what we can to do to help you.)
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