Getting a person out of jail who has been arrested for a crime or offence requires the process of bail. The court requires a bail bond to be presented for the person in question by bondsmen or an agency. In signature bail bonds an agency provides these professional services.
What is a bail bond?
If a person has been arrested and put in jail, he will be presented before a judge. The judge will decide upon a bail amount depending upon the nature of the offence. If a bail bond is presented in court that individual will be released from the jail but he must appear for the court proceeding. However, if the bail bond is not given then that person would stay in jail till his court proceedings.
Arrangement of a bail bond
A bail bond agency can be contacted by the person in jail himself or by someone close to him like a relative or a friend; once contacted the agency will respond immediately as they usually work 24/7.
Initial information required by agency.
- Some vital information required by the company is as follows:
- Location of the person in jail – city, state, jail name.
- Full name and the booking number of the person in jail. In case the booking number is not known then an agency agent will find it before proceeding.
- The bail amount set by court.
Payment of premium
After the bail amount is known there is a certain fee that needs to be paid to the agency to present the bail bond. This is usually ten to fifteen percent of the bail amount set by court and is called premium. It is a non-refundable fee.
In addition to the premium being paid collateral must be given. This can be in the form of property, vehicle, jewelry or anything of monetary value. Once all of this is done then bail bond is presented to bail the person out of jail.