Bail bond systems are set for a very important reason: to be sure the arrestee shows up for their scheduled court hearing. This is the hearing in which they will receive a judgment, whether it is jail, community service, probation, all three, or something more. This all depends on the crime and the defendant’s criminal history. Understanding the bail bond process helps families and defendants prepare for what is to come, and how to handle a jail situation in general. Click to learn more.
The Bail Process
The first thing that usually happens after a person is arrested and taken to jail, is that a family member, friend, or attorney will contact a bail agency close to the jail for bail assistance. Then, once the bail agent is notified, the agents begin to collect as much information as they can, to determine whether or not it is a case they are willing to take. They will ask for employment verification, contact information, the charges they are arrested under, criminal history, and more.
Next, if the bail bond agent is willing to accept the case, a few documents will be reviewed and signed by the family member, lawyer, or friend. The first document is a Bail Indemnity Agreement, the next is the Bail Bond Application Form, and there will also be a proof of purchase signed like a receipt.
For people that have been arrested and are attempting to bail themselves out of jail, a bail agent will be dispatched out to the jail to speak with the arrestee in person. The same process would take place, but at the jail rather than the bail office. They can even offer their services through fax and email to the jail.
Once all this information is collected and the documents are signed, it only takes a few hours or so to get the defendant released. The agent just has to begin, “posting” the bail bond at the jail. Some jails are stubborn and will take their time responding, which can tack on more time, but in most cases they are cooperative. After this is done, the defendant is released and free to go anywhere, but they are expected by bail agreement to show up to their future scheduled court date. If they do not show up for this court hearing, the bail agency will send a bounty hunter and a warrant for their arrest will be re-released. Then they will have to start the whole ordeal over again, but with worse consequences.