Though posting bail will get your loved one out of jail, it will not free him from his court obligations; in fact, it’s a guarantee that he will continue the trial process. When a loved one is arrested, your first instinct may be to pay the bail amount in full. Before you do, you should consider hiring the services of a bail bondsman. Here’s why:
When you post bail out of pocket, you’ll get your money back as long as the defendant fulfills all of his obligations. Still, being without thousands or tens of thousands of dollars for several months can be hard on your finances. Also, if your loved one skips bail, your full bail amount will be irretrievable. When you seek the services of a bail bondsman, you’ll only pay 10% of the set bail amount. Though you won’t get that 10% back at the end of the trial process, it’s still much less of a financial commitment.
Help with Paperwork
Like most people, you probably have very little experience with the criminal justice system. When you post bail for your loved one, you’ll need to fill out paperwork. Though most aspects of this paperwork are straightforward, a small mistake could delay or jeopardize the bail process. Luckily, a bail bondsman has the experience necessary to ensure that everything goes smoothly.
If law enforcement officials suspect that the arrestee’s bail money came from an illegal source—such as a bank robbery or drug deal—you may become the subject of an investigation. Even if the bail money came from completely honest means, you’re better off seeking the services of a bail bondsman and avoiding the possibility of an unjust investigation.
If you have any questions about the bail bond process, don’t hesitate to contact 24 Seven Bail Bonds. If your loved one is currently being accused of criminal charges, give us a call at (732) 418-2245 and we’ll help you post bail.