How Do Bail Bonds Work?

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If you or a loved one are arrested, odds are that you’ll want them out of jail as soon as possible. In most cases, the judicial system has established bail procedures for misdemeanor offenses. In other cases, a hearing is held to review the facts in the case to determine if bail is appropriate. Once arrested, the quickest way to get out of jail is by bailing the defendant out, using bail bonds.

When the court agrees to grant bail, they often determine an amount to pay as a bail fee. Remember, getting bail does not mean your free of your charges. It simply means you have agreed to appear for court hearings and will not remain in jail until such time. The defendant has to follow all conditions of bail provided by the court during their release. The bail amount set by the court may not always be available in cash. This is why you may need to call a bail bond agent to help you out.

What is a bail bond agent?

Bail bond agents are companies that act as the surety for a defendant in court to ensure they get bail. A bail bond agent will pledge money or property as a way of giving assurance to the court that the bail fee will be cleared. In simple terms, a bail bond is an assurance to the court that the defendant will pay the bail fee and a bail bond agent/company is the company that acts as a surety in court that the defendant will make his appearance.

Why do I need to hire a bail agent?

If you are unable to afford bail, you need to hire a bail agent. You will pay a small fee to the bail bond agent, who will take on the responsibility of the full bail amount.

What happens if the defendant doesn’t show up for their court date?

If the defendant fails to appear in court, you could lose any collateral that was signed over with the bond. As long as the defendant complies with the terms set by the court and shows up for all court dates, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

If you ever get your loved one arrested, you can always contact Central Florida Bail Bonds and you will have the bail bond processed as soon as possible.

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