How Bail Bonds Work

How Bail Bonds Work
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Bail Bonds 101

One thing that most of us never want to know is how bail bonds work.  That is because it either means we are in jail, or more likely, we just got a phone call from a loved one who has been arrested.

So when you get that call from someone looking to get bailed out of jail what do you do? 

For many, the first reaction is to leave your loved one in jail for a while and teach them a lesson.  I would strongly recommend against this.

Jail can be a very terrifying and dangerous place and frankly, leaving them there for an extra day or two will do little to help and can cause them much harm.

Typically, your first move is to contact a bail bondsman.   They deal with people who have been arrested and their families every day, and I guarantee they have seen a lot worse than your case.

So generally they will not judge you or make you feel uncomfortable.   They are experts in the system and can help you navigate it.

After filling out the required paperwork and securing collateral if necessary, they will go to the court house for you and post the bail.  Depending on the size and efficiency of the facility, your loved one may be out in anywhere from 10 minutes to 12 hours.  If it is a weekend they may have to stay there until Monday morning.

Is the Bail Bond Process the same in all States?

Unfortunately, the bail bond process varies across the country by state as well as the fee the bail bondsman can charge you.

For instance, in Arizona, the fee is a flat 10% of the amount of the bond.  So if the bail was set at $1,000, an Arizona bondsman would charge you $100.  However, in the state next door, Nevada, you will find a city that issues a large amount of bail bonds Las Vegas, and the bondsmen there will charge you 15% for a bail bond.  So a $1000 bond will cost you $150.

I hope you never have to receive that call, but if you do, remember, do not be afraid of asking a bondsman for help or advice.  That is their business.

If you have a loved one who has made their way through the system and is now serving time in jail or prison they may be looking for something to help occupy their time.  Many families find that correspondence courses for inmates can be a lot of help in this situation.

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