There is really no need to research and study the basics of bail bonds until someone, or yourself, needs one. And it can happen to anyone at any time; an arrest does not only happen to bad people. Any person, from licensed professionals and businessmen, to blue collar laborers and everyone else in between, can get arrested for a minor infraction in a moment of miscommunication or poor judgement. Just because you are in need of a bail bond does not make you, or the person you are bailing out of jail, a delinquent of society; it simply makes you human.
As a result, it is very common for folks to be researching bail bonds for the first time in their lives. If this is your current situation, it helps to know some important facts about the process, cost, expectations, and more. To start, let’s take a look at some of the more overlooked and uncommon facts about bail bonds that you should know before obtaining one in your county.
You Will Need a Co-Signer
When you obtain a bail bond, you will need a co-signer. The co-signer is the person who must guarantee that the defendant appears for their scheduled court date. Upon agreeing to be a co-signer, the co-signer takes on a serious and legally-binding financial liability in the case that the defendant fails to appear for court.
Bail is Not Necessarily Guaranteed
In most cases, a person who is arrested will be granted bail at some point. However, there are certain offenses and criminal charges that are not eligible for bail, such as murder. Furthermore, judges have the personal and professional discretion to deny a defendant’s bail based on their criminal history and various other factors.
You Can Expect Bail to Be Fair
The 8th Amendment in our U.S. Constitution protects all citizens from excessive or unreasonable bail. So, you can expect bail to be set in mostly in accordance to the state or federal bail schedule, as well as, the judges own discretion. See our blog, “Which Amendment Has to Do With Bail?” to learn more about this constitutional right.
Bail Agents Charge a State-Controlled Fee
The cost for bail bond services are regulated by the state’s Department of Insurance. Currently in Indiana, bail bondsmen cannot charge more than 15% of the total bail amount. So if bail is set at 5 grand, they cannot charge more than $750 for their services. You won’t see a bail agent advertising fees lower than 8% in Indiana.
You Can Prearrange Your Own Bail
Most bail bondsmen offer prearranged bail bond services for those who need to surrender to an arrest warrant. All you have to do is contact a local bail agent in the county of your warrant, and they will take you through the entire process, start to finish. They may even give you a ride to and from the jail.
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