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Mistakes to Avoid When Posting Bail

The first hours after getting arrested are stressful and confusing, and you probably want to find the quickest way to get out of jail and back home to your family. Posting bond is often the best option, especially if you cannot afford the cost of bail. Unfortunately, many ways exist that anyone can jeopardize their release throughout the process of posting their bond.

Here are a few common mistakes to avoid if you ever post bail.

Proactive Tips to Address an Active Warrant

In the movies, the character who has just been arrested will always swear that they had no idea that a warrant for their arrest existed, even as viewers shake their head in disbelief. Unlike the melodrama of a Hollywood script, people in real life often do have some reason to think that a warrant may have been issued for their arrest. If you are one of the many people who may already have some type of outstanding warrant hanging over their heads, this information can help you find a proactive solution.

4 Questions to Ask a Potential Bail Bondsman

After your arrest, the court will set your bail. Once you pay your bail, you’re free to leave jail until your next trial date.

Bail bonds are issued by third-party companies who specialize in this service. The amount of the required bail bond fee varies based on the state that you live in and the bail bondsman’s contract, but it’s usually around 10 percent of your bail amount. If your bond is set at $5,000, this means you have to pay a fee of $500. Before you sign a contract with a bail bondsman, make sure you ask the following questions.

1. Do You Have Any Guidelines Concerning Acceptable Bond Amounts?

Some bail bond services have minimums for the bail bonds that they can issue. Others don’t have minimums but have rules that dictate the maximum amount of bail that they can cover. Whether or not a bail bond service has rules concerning minimums and maximums for its bail bonds varies according to the market and the size of the bail bond company.

How Bail Is Set and How to Have It Reduced

When you get a call from a loved one telling you they’ve been arrested, your first thought may be to hurry up and bail them out of jail. The faster you bail them out, the less work or school they will miss, the sooner they can begin working on their defense, and the less time they will spend in jail.

However, the circumstances may not always work as you expect with their case, and bail isn’t always offered so easily. And, unfortunately, extenuating circumstances can prevent your loved one from being offered a reasonable bail amount, at least initially. The information here will educate you on some of the reasons your loved one may be given a high bail amount, and what can be done about this situation.