A startling order issued this month by Philadelphia courts stated than more than 30 percent of the city’s criminal defendants do not actually appear in court. The same order mentioned that, with 61,000 outstanding bench warrants, it is nearly impossible for authorities to apprehend, or even serve, all of these fugitives. Because of this, new approaches are being studied, including the movement to allow more commercial bail which was previously largely banned.
The long debate between bail agents and the city has been somewhat settled by this approach, which is great news for the city. More defendants will be held accountable by commercial bail agents while being able to take advantage of public-safety benefits. With the use of bail agents, there is a greater chance that clients will appear in court. Also, bail agents will reduce the chance that clients will engage in misconduct during the pretrial period. Bail agents have proven to maintain control of defendants in ways that bureaucracies simply can’t.
A benefit of commercial bail is that it is subject to regulation by state departments of insurance. Departments of insurance study the risk of agents’ assessment forms for many different factors which ensure that the defendants’ financial rights are protected. These assessments have proven successful as more than 97 percent of their clients appear in court.
When a defendant does not appear in court, no government agency will ever be required to pay the bail forfeiture; however, commercial bondsmen always face that possibility. This risk plays a large role in the performance of commercial bondsmen.
If you have any questions about the bail bond process, contact 24 Seven Bail Bonds in New Jersey. 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.