Information about the role of bail bondmen in felony cases

Last week, we discussed the options that are available for a person who is facing a felony charge to get out of jail. If you recall, we discussed how some people who face a felony charge will be given a bail. Once the court sets the bail amount, there are three options that are possible.

The first is that the person will remain in jail until the case is resolved because he or she can’t post the bail. The second is that the person will post the full bail amount to be released from jail. The third is that the person will use a bail bondsman to get him or herself out of jail.

When it comes to using a bail bondsman, there are certain things you should know. The bail bondsman will require a non-refundable fee in order to post the bond. In most cases, a signed agreement is also required.

Once you pay the fee to the bail bondsman and complete the paperwork, the bondsman will get you released from custody. If you don’t show up for your court appearances, the bail bondsman will be held liable for the full amount of the bail you were given by the court.

The potential liability for the bail bondsman means that many bail bondsmen will require that you check in with them on a set schedule. This must be done or the bail bondsman can revoke the bond, which means that a warrant will be issued for your arrest.

If you are facing a criminal charge and have questions about your bail, your case, your defense options or any other facet of your case, you must seek out answers to those questions.

Source: FindLaw, “Bail Bond Agents,” accessed Nov. 25, 2015


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