Getting a loved one out of jail is expensive. Bail is usually set at a high price and most people don’t have that kind of money lying around. To free a loved one from jail, they often have to turn to a bail bond service to cover the costs.
That’s why it’s important to be aware of what bail bonds are and how you can use them, should you ever get arrested.
What happens when you’re arrested?
After an officer arrests you, you are detained. The judge will set a bail amount depending on the charges and your criminal history. The area where you live and your general lifestyle are also taken into consideration when determining the appropriate bail amount.
Bail buys the defendant some freedom till the hearing date, after which the judge or jury will decide the verdict. Since the American justice system is based on the Presumption Of Innocence, a person cannot be held in jail until they are proven guilty.
Bail bond service
The bail amount varies from defendant to defendant. It’s considerably higher for felonies compared to misdemeanors. The nationwide median for bail is around $10,000 and most people aren’t able to pay so much cash upfront. This is where a bail bond service comes in. A bail bond service hires bond agents to pay the bail amount on behalf of the defendant. This allows them to get out of jail until the court hearing. The bail bond service basically vouches that the defendant will show up to court for the hearing.
Bail bond services charge a 10 to 13% fee of the total bail amount. Make sure you only enlist the services of a licensed bail bond service. Unreliable bond services might charge you a higher fee to make quick money. At DeLaughter Bail Bonds, we only charge 10% of the bond as a fee.
What happens when the defendant doesn’t show up in court?
If the defendant misses their court hearings, for whatever reason, the bondsman will require full compensation for the bail amount. Since they provided a guarantee to the court that the defendant will show up, they are responsible for paying the court if the defendant doesn’t attend a court hearing.
DeLaughter Bail Bonds is a family-owned bail bond service that has been serving the residents of Indiana since 2010. Our licensed bail bond service offers various types of bail bonds for defendants across the state, including in Whitley County, Fulton Country, IN, and Allen County, IN. Our bail bonds services are available 24/7 for your convenience.
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