Bail Bond - What Is It? & How To Use It

All who have faced the consequences of an arrest of their loved ones are familiar with the bail bond world. A bail bond refers to the paper instrument which helps in getting the defendant out of jail. You pay a certain percentage of the total bond amount to the bail bondsman as fee. The State law determines the payoff.

A bail bond is valid as the as the case is open. In case the case runs more than one year but less than 2 years, you might require paying a second fee. The signor or the person who signs for the defendant gives in written that the defendant would appear on the said date and time at the said courtroom at every specified date.

Bail bond surety is one of the main documents that you need to sign and submit while applying for the bail. This document clearly states that the person signing this document would be responsible for the appearance of the defendant in court at all times required. This person will also be responsible for paying all the costs in case the defendant does not appear in the court or forfeits the bond. All costs incurred by the forfeiture of the bond will also be taken care of by this person. The surety also states that if the defendant is not handed over to court within the specified time after forfeiture, the signee or the indemnitor will be accountable for the entire bond amount including the court costs and unpaid premiums.

If you require immediate help for getting your loved one out of jail, you can browse through the internet and find out the bail companies in your State, and contact the bail agent. You would require giving some information about yourself such as the duration of your current job, your current address and how long you have been staying there, etc. The company also needs to know how you are related to the defendant. These details are necessary for processing your application and going ahead for the bail.

Bail bonds can be used to take out defendants in cases such as drug offense, spouse abuse, all kinds of felonies and misdemeanors.

Some bail bonds companies require collateral against the bail bond, which is treated as a security. There are multiple things which can be treated as collaterals such as bank accounts, life insurance policies, cash, real estate, stocks and bonds, or even your signature. However, not all cases would require collaterals in LA. Payments of bail bonds can be made with credit cards, cash, check, money grams, quick collect, etc.

The internet is the best place to get all necessary information about the different bail bond companies in your locality and their operation procedures. Moreover, you can also find out the toll free number on which you need to call in case of emergency. You can even get lists of police stations that come under the jurisdiction in which the bail company works.

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