The Bail Bonds Process and Down Payment Options

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Once an individual gets arrested is when the bail bonds process starts. The bond amount all depends on what type of crime was committed and what they have been arrested for. The worse the crime, the higher bail and the bail bonds is going to be. Most friends or family can not afford what the face value for a bail bond is, which is why they contact a bail bonds agent. Most bail bonds companies require a 10% down payment. Some good ones like us will use collateral, take 5% down with collateral or make payment arrangements. If the face amount of the bond is set by the judge at 100,000, a bail bondsman is going to require some form of down payment of 10%, which would equate to $10,000 dollars. Again the worse the crime the higher the bail amount is goign to be.

If the bail amount is set extremly high, the defendant can ask for a review from the judge to re-evaluate the bail amount. This is not always succussful, but sometime it can happen. You are going to want the consultation of an attorney for this part.

A bail bondsman posts the full face amount of the bail on your behalf in order to get your friend or loved one out of jail. This is why they charge the rates they charge, they are assuming a lot of risk up front.

Once you contact a bail bonds agent and all contracts have been signed and the 10% down payment or collateral has been supplied, it generally only takes a few hours for the defendant to be released. In the court of law you are innocent until proven guilty and the bail bonds agent is here to help you get out when you are locked up. You want to find a reputable bail bonds company. Look for one that has been around for many years and has a good rating by the BBB. Also check their online reviews as well and see what people are saying about them. We are available 24/7 365 and have a rating by the BBB as an A. If you need a bail bondsman, feel free to give us a call.