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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.

Booked Into County Jail? Learn What Happens to Your Kids

Being arrested and booked in jail — even just overnight — is a hassle for anyone, but for adults with young kids, it can be an absolute nightmare. Who will take care of your kids while you’re in jail? How quickly can you get out of jail to care for them yourself? What if you were arrested on a weekend with no possibility of going before a judge until Monday?

If you’re a parent, keep reading to learn how you can continue to protect your kids even if you’re away from them in jail.

If You’re Arrested in the Presence of Your Children

3 People To Bring With You When Turning Yourself In

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, turning yourself in is often better rather than waiting for law enforcement to come and pick you up. You can prepare yourself mentally beforehand, and you can avoid the embarrassing and frightening situation of having law enforcement turn up at your job or your house to arrest you. Plus, the law often looks at you favorably when you turn yourself in, which may benefit your case and could result in a reduced bond. Ideally, when you do turn yourself in, you’ll want to bring at least three people with you. Bringing these three people along will help make this difficult and stressful situation go a little more smoothly.
  1. Your Lawyer
Contact a lawyer before you turn yourself in. An attorney can find out and help you understand what charges you face. Your attorney can also find out about your bond amount, and if the bond is too high, he or she may be able to arrange for a bond reduction hearing before you ever turn yourself in.

Missed Your Court Date? How You Can Make Things Right

Maybe you lost track of your dates, or perhaps you were unable to make the necessary arrangements for your family or work responsibilities. Regardless of the reason, missing a court date can have severe implications. Here is what you can expect after you miss a court appearance.

The Judge Can Issue New Charges and/or Revoke Your Bail

Your judge may decide to revoke your bail or increase the amount of your bail. Bail is an instrument designed to ensure that defendants appear in court. By missing your court date, you demonstrate to the judge that bail is not a sufficient measure to guarantee your appearance in court.

Can You Bail Someone Out From Another State?

What happens if someone you know is being held in jail, but you aren’t in their state? If you want to get them out as quickly as possible, you’re going to have to figure out a way to get them out long distance. But that can be extremely complex; often, it’s better to get help from a professional.

Why Do They Need to Be Bailed Out?

Anyone can bail themselves out if they have enough money to do so, but if they don’t have the full bail amount, they need a bail bond. A bail bond can’t be given to a single individual; another person is going to have to guarantee it.

A guarantor is necessary in the event that the person being bailed out jumps bail. If the bailed-out person does leave, the guarantor becomes responsible for the full amount of the bail, which means the guarantor can’t just be any person. It has to be someone willing to take on that potential debt.