If you have been arrested, or are aware of a warrant for your arrest, you need to arrange a release from jail. Unless you have a lot of cash lying around that you do not mind parting with for months or longer, you need to see consider choosing a bail bondsman. It is best to have a clear understanding of how the industry works and what your rights and responsibilities are as someone who is on bond.
Know What the Total Dollar Amount of Your Bonds Are-- And What Charges You Are Facing
You may be surprised to learn that you can have two or more bonds associated with the alleged crime that you were arrested for. For instance, if you had too much to drink and were driving home, you probably got charged with some form of driving under the influence. If it discovered that your license was suspended, or that you had an open container of alcohol in the car, an additional charge is likely.
Each of these charges will each have different amounts and could even be different levels of crimes. One example would be that many states will automatically increase misdemeanor charges up to a felony if evidence, or your own criminal record, suggests that you have committed the same crime repeatedly. The severity of the offense, your criminal history (if any) and expected further charges related to your case will determine what your bond amount is from the court and could impact the fees you owe the bail bondsman.
A Bail Bond Does Not Care If You Are Innocent or Guilty
After a judge has set a bail amount that is sufficient to guarantee your presence in court as required, you will need to contact a bonding company, like Yusef Odeh Bail Bonds. From there, you should expect to pay a percentage of the total amount of your bond. Additional fees for photographing you for their records, as well as handling fees, may accrue.
It is crucial to understand that when you are on bond, the bond company is putting their money and word on the line to say that you will comply with all the orders of the court, including all required court appearances. Given that they have probably never met you before, it is a big leap of faith and trust, because if you miss a court date, they would usually be required to pay the court in full. There are three parties involved, you, the bonds company and the court, so be sure to remember that being released from jail happens only because of the help you get from the bondsman.
As long as you stay in good standing with them, including regular check-ins if required and never miss a court date, they might not care whether you committed a crime or not. Frankly, getting you out of jail and knowing where you are is their industry and you should consult with a lawyer if you have any legal questions. Guilty or innocent, you will face the same fees.
In conclusion, the professional relationship you are entering into with a bonds company could be one of the most important ones you will ever have. If you fail to comply with their requirements, are arrested again for a new crime or violate the arrangement between you two in any way, you could be returned to jail and finding another bondsman to bail you out will be much more challenging. Therefore, be sure you understand and adhere to all the terms of the arrangement.