What is it Like to be a Bail Bondsman

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There is no doubt that if you’ve read or watched the news that you’ve heard of a person getting out of jail on bail. After being arrested, a suspected criminal is arraigned before a judge who has the option to grant the suspect bail. This bail is always a monetary amount. If the suspect can afford to pay the bail, the court will allow him or her to leave jail while the case moves forward. Often times, a person cannot afford to pay their bail, so they hire a bail bondsman to cover it for them. However, this process is not always as simple as it seems and, in this article, we will go over an example of how a bail bondsman covers a person’s bail.

A bondsman is at his desk in his bail bond agency when he gets a call from a concerned woman. The woman tells the bondsman that the police have arrested her adult son, whose name is Aaron. A judge had just arraigned Aaron and set his bail at $5,000. The mother goes onto explain that Aaron had been laid off work prior to his arrest and cannot afford his bail. She says she is retired and cannot afford the bail either. The bondsman tells her not to worry because he’s certain he can find a way to cover Aaron’s bail.

The mother meets up with the bondsman at his agency to discuss her options. The bondsman asks if she has any form of collateral worth $5,000 she can sign over as an assurance to the bail bond agency. He explains that the collateral will not be used as long as Aaron attends his court dates once freed. The mother decides to sign over her car with the sale value of $5,000 as collateral. He tells her that in addition to the collateral, his agency charges a premium of 10% of the bail amount. In this case, the premium, he tells her, would be $500, and that it is not refundable. She says she has at least $500 in her bank account, and issues the bondsman a check.

The bondsman goes to the county court and explains that he has a surety that will cover Aaron’s bail. The surety in this case would be the mother’s car. She will keep possession of the car during Aaron’s trial. She will only lose possession of the car should Aaron flee or neglect to attend all of his court dates. The bail magistrate and the bondsman finish the paperwork for the bail bond. The court then issues a release for Aaron, and he gets out of jail a couple hours later. Not wanting his mother to lose her car, Aaron attends all of his court dates. A few weeks later the court exonerates him of his charge.

The bondsman’s job at that point is complete. However, if Aaron had failed to go back to court after being bailed out, several things could have happened. The bondsman may have been forced to take the mother’s car and sell it to cover Aaron’s bail. The agency could have also hired a bounty hunter to find, apprehend, and return Aaron to jail so they would not have to cover his bail. Thankfully, Aaron took the best course of action.

This is just one example of how all of this works. For more information, contact The Bail Pros today.

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